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Literary Fiction

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds tells the story of a family broken apart and healed by the Dust Bowl. A childhood illness left Elsa Wolcott sickly and weak, at least in her family's eyes. She was destined to stay single, living with... Continue Reading →

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane is a delightful coming-of-age story about a fourteen-year-old girl from a rigid and sheltered home who enters a completely different world when she gets a summer job as a nanny for a neighboring couple, the Cones, who are... Continue Reading →

All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

All the Children Are Home is a story about a family, foster parents Dahlia and Louie, and the four children who stayed long enough to burrow deep into their hearts, Jimmy, Zaidie, Jon, and Agnes. The first three had been... Continue Reading →

Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries

Blue Desert tells the story of Alice George, a young woman who is abducted after a car accident and becomes a prisoner of some Tuareg tribesmen. She is safe and protected and falls into the rhythms of the desert and... Continue Reading →

Her, Here by Amanda Dennis

Her, Here is the story of Elena who is hired to find Ella, a woman who is missing and presumed dead, by reading her diaries and turning them into a narrative. It seems a dangerous task for a woman who... Continue Reading →

Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen

Land of Big Numbers is an anthology of ten stories by Te-Ping Chen. They are either set in China or feature Chinese emigres abroad. Chen is a journalist who has lived in China and provides an acute sense of place... Continue Reading →

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Of Women and Salt tells the story of several women spanning several generations. With one important exception, the men in the story are more a source of pain, an impetus to drastic action, anger, or addiction. We don't know their... Continue Reading →

The (Other) You by Joyce Carol Oates

The (Other) You is an anthology of short stories by the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates. There are fifteen stories in this book and not one disappoints, though a few left me feeling devastated. In some ways, this book is the... Continue Reading →

How I Learned to Hate in Ohio by David Stuart MacLean

How I Learned to Hate in Ohio tells the story of  Barry (Baruch) Nadler as he goes from a much-bullied adolescent in high school and ends when he's a young adult. His father is a college philosophy professor and his... Continue Reading →

My Brilliant Life by Ae-Ran Kim

My Brilliant Life is the story of Areum who is approaching his sixteenth and likely his last birthday. Born with progeria, the disease that causes a child to age rapidly, Areum wants to give his parents a final gift, the story... Continue Reading →

The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård

The Helios Disaster is a story of mental illness. It begins with a young girl being taken from her father and placed in foster care. Her father is diagnosed with schizophrenia, but this is all fractured in the telling. The... Continue Reading →

The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is best known for his mysteries, especially Easy Rawlins the famed L.A. detective. He is a master of noir, but I am more certain that readers a hundred years in the future will be reading The Awkward Black... Continue Reading →

The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain

The Readers' Room is what American publishers call the slush pile, but at this publishing house there is an intent to read the manuscripts that is not evident in American publishing, so it is staffed with permanent readers looking for... Continue Reading →

The Forger’s Daughter by Bradford Morrow

You know how you fall in love with an author and read everything for a while but lose track now that you no longer go to a physical bookstore and wander the aisles, your fingers trailing along the spines, seeing... Continue Reading →

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies is the story of the American-born son of Pakistani immigrants whose faith in America is challenged by Donald Trump and the xenophobia he faces. His father was once Trump's doctor and the gloss of knowing him long ago... Continue Reading →

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