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If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains is so much more than a murder mystery. It explores human nature and the fine lines that separate all emotions.


The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan is a novel that should be better than it is.


The Forbidden Garden

As with The Sparrow Sisters, The Forbidden Garden features fabulous imagery and detail. The hints of magical realism throughout (maybe more than hints, but by no means overwhelming) make it even more of a (sorry for the pun) enchanting read.


The Book of Joan

The effect is dizzying and, at times, disorienting, but there is always a vibrant forward motion to the text, and a ferocious, unmistakable perspective: Even in the wreckage of a post-human nightmare, humanity never really changes.


The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel

As this strikingly symphonic novel enters its last movement, the final bars remind us that of all the painful wounds that humans can endure, the worst are self-inflicted.


A Horse Walks into a Bar: A novel

Grossman’s tragic vision never leaves him, even if the vehicle here is more reminiscent of Laurence Olivier’s performance as the failed actor in John Osborne’s “The Entertainer’’ than the fictional landscapes we are familiar with from this author.


Exes

Exes, among other things, is an amazing feat of plotting and engineering, an elaborate puzzle of a book that brings to mind Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests for the intricacy of its carefully calibrated interlocking connections.


Sonora
Kirkus Reviews : Sonora (March 23, 2017)

Lyrical, raw, and moving.


Ernesto
Kirkus Reviews : Ernesto (March 26, 2017)

An exciting, pithy translation that will surely leave readers electrified and wanting to read more of Saba's work.


The Gargoyle Hunters: A novel

A portrait of 1970s New York that’s sturdy if sometimes stiff.


The Vine That Ate the South

Wilkes has a unique voice that sounds like the best dirty songs of a gun-toting madman obsessed with keeping listeners glued to his every word. This is a hell of a book, and it will undoubtedly become part of the list of best, and weirdest, Southern literary gems.


White Tears: A novel

This is a story to savor, though. The language, the music, the twists and turns: they're all lovely, despite speaking of events so ugly one should want, so very much, to turn away.


The Wanderers

The author pulls the reader into the minds of these professionals so deftly that I felt like I was reading their autobiographies.


Gifted
Kirkus Reviews : Gifted (April 11, 2017)

An insightful though rambling stroll through the wilderness of adolescence and the Oregon woods.


The Young Widower's Handbook: A Novel

All of this, the straightforward scenes, the lists, the posts, the handbook chapters, are then deftly braided with the history of Hunter and Kait, of their individual lives leading up to this time, and of the much-too-short story of their life together.


Foxlowe: A Novel
Bookreporter : Foxlowe (April 08, 2017)

It is a dark and stormy night kind of book that tackles some complicated emotional themes as the victimized Green is debilitated by both abuse and her love for her abusers.


Tell Me How This Ends Well: A Novel

Focusing in turn on Jacob, Edith, Mo and Roz, the book works best as a series of character studies.... Read in sequence, these character studies form a portrait...of a family whose own rifts and schisms may or may not be too great to ever overcome.


The One-Eyed Man

This ambitious and impressive novel captures the daily dysfunction of modern life with humor and cynicism, even as it forces us to look beyond the distractions to larger truths. It’s quite an exhilarating journey.