December 12, 2023

The Girl in the Water

Joseph Howse’s debut novel The Girl in the Water is a work of stoic yearning in the waning days of the Soviet Union.

Seen through the eyes of bookish Nadia as her late teens fade to nascent adulthood, the story follows her sister Nastya, an artist living the facade of a happy newlywed life amidst […]

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November 14, 2023

Listen to the Stars

Author Avi Mukherjee’s wide range of interests is clear in the varied topics he tackles in this story collection.

In these six tales, a Japanese woman seeks to connect with her long-lost birth father; a professional high-stakes poker player, who is also a brilliant academic specializing In AI technology, chooses a life path; a father […]

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November 1, 2023

My Winter World

The third installment of Stephen Evans’ bittersweet love story, The Island of Always, mixes whimsy, grief, courtroom drama, and charm.

Lena Grant is summoned home to Minneapolis from her job in Geneva by news that her dog is sick. She dreads how Nick Ward, her grandiosely imaginative ex-husband with a history of mental health instability, […]

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October 17, 2023

Blaize Speaks

Kirk Ward Robinson’s novel recounts the story of a young girl who becomes a victim of the child welfare system.

It seems the child is doomed from the start after her mother gives her the name of “Blaspheme,” then abandons the 4-year-old, leaving her with her grandmother Estelle, who dubs her Bee. Bee knows almost […]

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October 10, 2023

SHALLCROSS: The Underwater Panthers

Charles Porter’s Underwater Panthers, the fourth in a series, features Aubrey Shallcross’s motley band of eco-warriors, dubbed the “Underwater Panthers.”

The series’ central premise is that spirits of the deceased ( “slippers”) survive in new hosts (sometimes animals) and that certain special individuals (i.e. “schizophrenics”) can commune with them. Aubrey is one of them, and […]

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September 19, 2023

These Things Happen

In this well-written novel, an alcoholic must make peace with his childhood – and eschew the comfort of the bottle—before he can cope with the challenges of adulthood.

Daniel Zimmer, a child growing up in the 1970s, lives with his two brothers, Max and Harry, under the shadow of his abusive father and his tranquilizer-popping […]

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September 19, 2023

GEE

This post-apocalyptic novel follows a 10-year-old boy with extraordinary powers as he fights for survival amidst humanity’s struggle to raise itself from the ashes of its own destruction.

Although Gee—George Elandier Evansen—survived a nuclear apocalypse that destroyed nearly half the planet eight years earlier, he isn’t exactly lucky. His father, a respected professor, disappeared one […]

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September 5, 2023

Presner the Remarkable

Don Eron’s novel Presner the Remarkable is a literary dramedy exploring a man’s latent journey to forge an authentic identity.

The eponymous Presner is the misfit in his middle-aged group of law school friends. While the others have carved out relationships and legal careers, Presner is an aspiring playwright working at a newsstand while nurturing […]

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July 25, 2023

Specks of Dust

When a young man flees Uganda searching for a better life in America, he faces struggles not so different from his homeland: He’s betrayed by friends, mistreated by the law and naïve about the church and those who claim to be Christians.

Umaru Moses attempts to sleep in a Piggly Wiggly parking lot near Atlanta […]

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July 4, 2023

Kate Winters

Geoffrey Workenrich’s novel, Kate Winters, follows the titular character from age five to early adulthood.

Having lost her mother at an early age, Kate is exceptionally close with her father. He challenges her to not only be true to herself but to resolve issues using her intellect. He also encourages her to be sensitive yet […]

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