Fiction

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readers are treated to a solid police procedural set in a town rarely represented in the mystery genre but well worthy of a close read.”

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“lyrical beauty of Manfredi’s prose . . . at its heart, The Empire of Dirt is a rich puzzle impossible to resist.”

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“this is a lovely, five-star-worthy novel for young readers that is well written and deserves full applause.”

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“It would not be surprising in the least, and very much welcome, if The Bruising of Qilwa were to eventually grow into a full-length novel.”

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“What makes this an exceptionally good read is that Schellman does not distract or deviate from the premise of the story.”

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C. J. Carey’s novel, Widowland, couldn’t be more chilling—or dystopian—given the frightening political landscape confronting women in America and elsewhere.

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“tightly crafted women’s fiction, with a sensitive look at love, conscience, and loyalty.”

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“This is a very funny, easy to read novel that has an edge thanks to its main character’s charade.”

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“a thoroughly realized, fast-paced, delightfully told story that secures the author’s position as a top-of-the-line writer in the genre mystery/crime thriller.”

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“Barton’s story is magical and deep, and within this beautiful story hope and help can be found.”

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“An emotion-churning series of twists and turns uniting two disparate sets of people in a hunt for the truth.”

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“Readers may never know if or how that near-death experience [Wiggins' stroke while writing] may have altered Wiggins’ concept of Properties of Thirst.

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“I did not know how to explain this stubborn love for my parents that I staggered under, iridescent and gigantic and veined with a terrible grief, grief for the ways their lives had been compost fo

Cyclorama is a stunning novel that weaves together past and present while reflecting on and questioning Anne Frank’s timeless assertion, “In spite of everything, I still believe that peopl

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The writing is so smooth and consistent, and the narrative unfolds so steadily, it’s hard to look up from.”

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The Last White Man works as a kind of message-heavy fable . . .”

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When Isabel "Izzy" Cooper loses her beloved brother Walt after he gets shot down in Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in World War II, she wonders how she can go on.

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“While many of the stories contained within The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories flirt with inexplicability, their charm and freshness cut through translation barriers.”

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“With wonderful writing, Alyssa Songsiridej has created an exploration of how romantic relationships can and often do evolve . .

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The stories in Maggie Shipstead’s You Have a Friend in 10A were published in literary journals between 2009 and 2017.

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It is 1945 and sisters Lillian and Eleanor Kaufman live in New York City. Lillian is older than Eleanor, her identical twin by seven minutes, and the two are as different as day and night.

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“Lee Hollis does a good job of dispersing red herrings and keeping true identity under wraps until the requisite climactic scene at the end of the story.”

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“If one can get around the two, three, and four paragraphs often written on how to prepare and make something . . . the story is a good one, and the premise holds water.”

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