Small Town & Rural Fiction

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“paints the conflicts and stories that define the ordinary and memorable, finely etched with myriad details, that altogether reflect back on the readers’ essential humanity.”

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“With its language and momentum, the book propels a reader to the last page.”

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“Watching Lew solve her cases, while still fly fishing on the side, adds up to a solid and relaxing traditional mystery with plenty of Northwoods flavor.”

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“readers visiting Beartown for the third time will not be upset that they get to spend a little more time with its residents.”

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Foster . . . is a rare, beautiful, multi-faceted, shimmering, gem of a work—a gift.”

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In echoing Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver has written a social justice novel all her own, one only she could write, for our time and for the ages.

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“Reading Light Skin Gone to Waste will remain with us as a multilayered experience and an exquisite example of the art of contemporary American short fiction.”

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“Wade’s pitch-perfect, personality-driven dialogue sings in the voice of life, and his ability to meld existential thought, situational metaphor, and cinematic setting is a full-bodied expe

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Debut author Bobby Finger wields crisp, bright language in succinct, ample prose to reveal secrets deliberately hidden from the norms of social order. . . .

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Veterinarin Marigold "Goldie" McKenzie leaves Los Angeles after spending ten years sharing a home and practice with her fiancé, Brandon Burrows, the man she once thought she would marry, but they h

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What happens when a marriage of 29 years is on the rocks? Michelle and Max Turnbull, parents to three wonderful daughters, have been happy for the first 25 years they've been together.

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Always the First to Die is a story evolving around the making of a slasher movie that should itself be made into a film.”

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“Fallout combines murder, mystery, mobsters, crypto scams, and the snappy dialogue so characteristic of the Parker novels that came before.”

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Family and home: They’re the grounding of this novel and of humanity.”

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“Pankaj Mishra’s new novel is no less stimulating and insightful than anything else he has written, although there’s no tightly hewn plot here—and the drama that matters is internal.”

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“a story ‘ripped from the headlines,’ more times than we wish to admit.”

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Wylie Lark is holed up in Iowa at a secluded farm so she can work uninterrupted while penning her fourth true-crime book.

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“This is Joella’s first novel, and it’s an assured performance, full of nicely observed detail. It may not have a Big Theme, but it has lots and lots of heart.”

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How many people do not live with some regret or the desire to have done things differently? It is 1995, and 15-year-old Maggie Dawes believes she lives in the shadow of her older sister, Morgan, wh

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“Beard’s writing brings the premise of each chapter to life, allowing the reader to become the protagonist of the moment, experiencing the situation in which she finds herself.”

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“The Killing Hills probes the darkness in both land and families, along with the limits of forgiveness. It’s not just a fine and unforgettable crime novel.

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A young, Black woman in Parsons, Georgia, raised by her grandmother and living somewhat contentedly in a community of God-fearing good folk comes of age in 1936, surrounded by a world built on slav

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“an engaging, wonderfully nuanced novel . . .”