Author Archives: Vickie Fang

About Vickie Fang

Vickie Fang is a reformed trial lawyer who got an MFA from Queens and now writes full time. She has received first place awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Writers' Association. Her work appears in the Bellevue Literary Review, the Baltimore Review, Scribble, Fifty is the New Fifty, and, most recently, the anthology Bad Jobs and Bullshit. She is currently at work on a novel set in 8th century China.

Morgan’s Eddy

Title: Morgan’s Eddy By: Tom Blackburn Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Set in a small North Carolina town in the year 1947, Morgan’s Eddy is a moving tribute to the wonders of youth and innocence amidst the trickery and degradation of … Continue reading

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Heritage of Smoke

By: Josip Novakovich Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Dzanc Books (January 10, 2017) Reviewed by: Vickie Fang This is a collection of gloriously transgressive extremes. People kill each other in this book — and sometimes eat the corpse. They rise from … Continue reading

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The Intersection

The Intersection By: Brad Windhauser Published by: Black Rose Writing Reviewed by: Abigail Shaffer What strikes me most about this multi point-of-view novel is the care, balance, and grace of the details. The Intersection follows the lives of several residents … Continue reading

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Children of the Country

By: Abigail Shaffer Paperback: 262 pages Publisher: Outpost19 (November 1, 2016) Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Abigail Shaffer, the author of this novel, is a former social worker with roots in the Ozarks, and her background transforms what could have been … Continue reading

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Swing Time

By: Zadie Smith Publisher: Penguin Press (November 15, 2016) No. of pages: 464 Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Late in this novel, a central character is remembered for her honesty and warmth during deathbed visits. I remember a friend of hers, … Continue reading

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Dog Years

By: Melissa Yancy Series: Pitt Drue Heinz Literature Prize Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2016) Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Ellen, a molecular geneticist, labors to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy while … Continue reading

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Murderers, Whoremongers, Liars, and Worse

Murderers, Whoremongers, Liars, and Worse By: Robert Earle Published in: The Puritan Reviewed by: Vickie Fan         A few years back I taught a writing class with underprivileged women in Baltimore. We did one lesson on writing … Continue reading

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Time and Chance

By: Tom Blackburn Published by: Tom Blackburn Books (July 2016) No. of pages: 292 Reviewed by: Vickie Fang The joy of writing a blog that emphasizes small press writers is in discovering original voices — ones that are vigorous, untamed, … Continue reading

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Bertrand Court

Written by: Michelle Brafman Published by:Prospect Park Books; (September 6, 2016) No. of pages:  264 pages Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Bertrand Court is the second Brafman book reviewed on this blog. In April of 2015, we discussed Brafman’s debut novel, … Continue reading

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Bad Jobs and Bullshit: It’s Unlikely that We Will be Missed (An Anthology from the Geeky Press)

Title: Bad Jobs and Bullshit: It’s Unlikely that We will be Missed Published by: The Geeky Press Editors: Brad King, Amber Peckham, Jessica Dyer Length: 145 pages Kindle price: $2.99 Reviewed by: Ellen Birkett Morris When your own bad jobs … Continue reading

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