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“Staten Island Stories concerns ugly times and circumstances, but the people and the stories are beautiful.”
“beautifully crafted, unusually structured novel about the inescapability of memory, the tragic scars left by trauma and abuse, and the abuse of power.”
“An escapist read in which the lawmen are the outlaws, and the good guys win.”
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“Ta-Nehisi Coates has long been among America’s most clear-eyed scholars of race and racism. The Water Dancer is a masterpiece built within that clarity.
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“Heather Morris reminds us about the human side of the Holocaust and helps us remember with her fine storytelling.”
“Perry is a master of the British historical novel, this time leaving the Victorian era behind and delving into a new but volatile century.”
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“Hidden and Visible Realms does make for pleasurable and fast reading.
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“Rafala seems to love language as much as his characters love their farms and their patron saint. That’s a powerful combination, and it fuels a compelling novel.”
“Each novel Man Booker finalist Deborah Levy writes comes nearer perfection.
“You will end up in love with Olive because she is a ton of well-written fun. You’ll enjoy her musings and put-downs and her reflections.