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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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The Fall of Lisa Bellow

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo Simon & Schuster, March 14, 2017 352 pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Susan Perabo’s new novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, is more than another story about a missing teenager. It’s about … Continue reading

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Stony River

Stony River by Tricia Dower Leapfrog Press, 2016 294 Pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Part coming of age tale, part crime drama, part psychological thriller, Tricia Dower’s Stony River is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Set … 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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