Fiction

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“Mr. Lerner can set aside the self-doubt: Leaving the Atocha Station proves he’s a droll and perceptive observer, and a first-rate novelist.”

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“Altogether, this is an admirable work of fiction, a compelling story told beautifully.”

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“All of these fascinating experiences and relationships described in Loose Diamonds . . .

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“. . . cute and entertaining and fits right in with the many little girls out there who think they are big cheeses.”

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“Among the conventions the author has dissolved include a clear timeline, narrative flow, a single version of events, and revelation of character through action. Some of Ms.

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“Mr. Hirsch delivers an intense and thought-provoking glimpse of one possible dystopian future.

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“These are the stories that most stretch the imagination and the credibility of the readers, and they’re all successful. . . .

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“Faces in the Sand is a story of lost love, the terror of war, and one child who wishes to pull all of the pieces together. The ending is shocking and penetrating. . . .

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“In Chike and the River, young readers get an intimate look at African life, learn about the Niger River, and connect with Chike as if he is their own sibling.

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“House of Holes—without much question the most explicit novel ever released by a mainstream publisher—exists less to provoke than to throw down some kind of gauntlet, shatter any l

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“Packed with mystery, emotion and wit, Ms. Ashford’s debut is so unexpected and original. . . .

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One, two, three. One, the pain of losing a child to an accident; two, the confusion of losing a child to a suicide; three, the fury of losing a child to murder.

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“Helen Schulman effectively portrays a birds-eye view of modern life and the fragile nature of living in our contemporary society.”

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“As incredible as it seems, a relatively new author with no law enforcement background has created a protagonist with insight and skills that rival the best crime solvers of all time. . .

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Understanding the power of Washington, DC, the city where her father was president, and her husband was chief of the New York Times Washington bureau, Margaret Truman used the setting for

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“Sadly, the elements that would have made this a more compelling novel remain missing. That which we are hoping to understand, unfortunately, still remains unsaid.”

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“. . . head-spinning, rope-clutching, canvas gnashing . . . a hilarious contemporary farce, . . . genuinely hilarious. . . .

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“. . . the entire poetic oeuvre of Israeli poet, feminist, and peace activist Dahlia Ravikovitch . . .”

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“All [the stories in this collection] share a quality of an emotional ache. And all share a tendency toward material that is overworked, with tales told in unfortunate verb tenses . . .

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“A combination spy-bureaucrat, Glenn L. Carle tells the story of his responsibility for interrogating a high value detainee, an agent of al-Qa’ida.

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“. . . the kind of book that you can read best at a leisurely pace, enjoying the slower rhythms of this literary ‘people watching.’”

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“The Jewel and the Key is an entertaining trip through time, and a refreshing change from the numerous bleak dystopian novels being published at present.”

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“. . . a unique premise for a murder investigation. . . . compulsively readable. . . . the mystery of the mind has surely been solved.”

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“Pretty is ex-pretty girl Bebe Baker’s story. . . . Bebe’s in-your-face voice is one of the novel’s strengths. . . . At times Bebe is maddening, but in Ms.

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