Literary Fiction

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“With her two Walter Mosley-like gifts—impeccable narrative pacing and masterful command of Los Angeles’ intricate, evolving dynamics of race and class—Nina Revoyr’s L.A.

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Peter Rock does dazzling things with meta-crypto-autobiography in The Night Swimmers, playfully commingling curation and creation, and wrestling with a writer’s c

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“Real discussions about race are complex, and so is good art. Savage Conversations breaks apart the myth of the Lincolns as white saviors.

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“unusual and often gripping novel . . .”

“This is Natt Och Dag’s first published novel, but it seems too skillful and too assured to be his first writing.

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“Ghosts, elementals, demons, and even the dreaded wendigo all appear here, and most have starring roles in the best horror stories evert committed to paper.”

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“This is a rare coming-of-age story so richly told and wholly captivating that Czapnik may in time find herself held up and used as the example of what fine literary writing is all about.”

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“Death Is Hard Work is a short book, but one learns more detail of the life of war than from a hundred newspaper and TV reports.

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Wanderer is a beautifully written (albeit translated from the French) short novel detailing the tortured friendship between two men, a young composer living in Eastern France, and his form

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77 is, among other things, a potent reminder of the gruesome paths of totalitarian dictators.”

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A beautifully written novel, translated from the Italian, with a heartwarming story against a backcloth of misery and degradation, about a priest and a gang of boys and one of the boy’s sister, 16-

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“Leung has enormous potential as a writer, but there’s a layer of complexity that separates her writing from the seas of deep emotion.”

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" It’s fascinating to look back at life centuries ago, to imagine the people and their circumstance, and this novel fleshes them out with an assured storytelling style."

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Goulash is a fun read, but to quote Gertrude Stein, out of context, ‘there’s no there there.’”

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The Nine Cloud Dream is inhabited by Buddhist philosophy—the world of dust is illusion and all the earthly scheming, deceptions, plots, and sensual pleasures are transient and ult

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Calcutta-born Neel Mukherjee, whose prior work has been both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and cited as a New York Times 2018 Notable Book listing, is often compared to V. S.

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“Braithwaite has the ability to interject the unexpected and interpolate the tension.”

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This novel is promoted by the publisher as “a dramatic and moving re-imagining of the characters from Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea,” albeit in a different location and context.

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“The novel may be cool as it opens, but the ending is white hot. Both the unnamed family and the anonymous migrant children succeed as individual characters.

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“J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.”

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“a smart, entertaining and highly readable novel, one that should appeal to a diverse audience.”

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Sergio De La Pava’s Lost Empress begins with all the right things, interesting plot, smart dialogue, and punning wordplay but sadly, like a child’s letting go of an untied balloon, Los

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Meredith Hunt is accosted on the bike trail while jogging, and Ace Vance and his teenage son Finn come to her rescue.

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“W. S. Merwin’s The Mays of Ventadorn beautifully combines literary autobiography with literary history . . .”

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“a wild ride into the unknown.”

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