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Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of two short story collections, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012) and the forthcoming Almost Famous Women, which I had the chance to read early. Each of the stories in her new collection takes...
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Review: Aquarium by David Vann

I’ve been a huge fan of David Vann’s fiction ever since I read Caribou Island in 2011, so news of a new book from him is a big deal for me. His new novel, Aquarium, doesn’t release until March 2015, but I jumped at the chance t...
 
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Review: Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, his eighth novel, is a subtle portrait of a bereaved family in late 1960s Ireland. Nora, 40, has lost her husband Maurice to sudden illness. Repressing her own grief, she helps her four children mov...
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Review: Wild Child by T.C. Boyle

Each story in Wild Child by T.C. Boyle is assured, in-your-face, and perfectly executed; he is a master of the genre. The stories are so deep and insightful that I could imagine any one of them being extended into a full-length...

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Review: The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

There was a time in Africa the people could fly. Mauma told me this one night when I was ten years old. She said, ‘Handful, your granny-mauma saw it for herself. She say they flew over trees and clouds. She say they flew like b...

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Review: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

“Leaving always came as a surprise, no matter how long the dates had been looming on the calendar.” Vacations are the time for relaxation and recuperation. At least, they are supposed to be. The greatly touted The Vacationers b...
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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

“Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men with so much impossible hope beating inside their bodies it burned their very skin and strengthened their will right through th...

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses. Entire streets swirl with them, flashing white against the cobbles. Urgent message to the i...
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Review: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it but I do.”   Magic exists as an optimistic escape from the horrors of reality. The fantastical, no matter how enchanting, isn’t always enough to transport us completely away...

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Review: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

“We were a town then, all together, a band of friends and strangers all clad in our Sunday best, and we were touching, holding hands, and singing, our voices shooting straight up into the rafters and moving the flames of ...
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Review: The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian’s latest novel, The Devil’s Workshop, is the third in his Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. Like the previous two books, The Devil’s Workshop features Inspector Walter Day and Constable Nevil Hammersmith as protag...

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

“I thought about the difference between my life and my life online.” Careers oftentimes define a great deal of our identity, and Joshua Ferris is a writer who tackles the workplace perfectly. His masterful debut novel, Then We ...
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Review: Unforgettable by Paulette Alden

Miriam Batson, the protagonist of these nine short stories, first appeared in Paulette Alden’s previous collection, Feeding the Eagles (1988). Like Alden herself, Miriam is a writer and sometime college professor based in Minne...

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Review: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

“Reviewers of every ilk like to feel they are above a work of art. If it puzzles them or if they are intimidated, they are more likely to trash it. Many artists are not intellectuals, but Burden was, and her work reflected wide...
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Review: Redeployment by Phil Klay

“So it’s 50 percent boredom and 49 percent normal terror, which is a general feeling that you might die at any second and that everybody in this country wants to kill you. Then, of course, there’s the 1 percent pure terro...