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Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima

Territory of Light deftly balances exterior plot and interior musings. Its protagonist, a nameless newly single mother in 1970’s Tokyo, rents an apartment. She struggles to be prompt to her library job and is short-tempered with her young daughter. In other words, she’s a relatable nameless woman. Yoko Tsushima uses

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Diane Setterfield can tell a good story and lets loose in her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale. The plot is rollicking and the prose is impressive. This novel brings to mind both the nineteenth century greats (particularly Bronte and Dickens) and modern authors like Mark Helprin and William Goldman. The

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The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh

The Water Cure is a beautifully eerie book; a book that inspired a neglectful afternoon with my children so I could finish it. Sophie MacIntosh has crafted a gripping psychological thriller disguised as a mediation on technology, climate change, and #metoo. The core of The Water Cure is anti-exclusion and

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Which One of You Forgot to Tell Me About Thom Jones?

I was eight when Thom Jones rose to acclaim, what’s your excuse? Naw, I’m mostly joking. I’m just feeling salty because I’ve wasted so much of my life not reading him. His descriptions of mental illness, desperation, blue collar employment, and overcoming (or not) are bittersweet. I would have found

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver good cop bad cops her way through Unsheltered. Sometimes she’s playfully nudging us in the ribs, ‘Isn’t that a sweet human universality?’ Others, she’s Birdbox-ing us, demanding that we look at her monsters of climate change and the GOP. Our author has been accused of presenting la-di-da political

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Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

Let’s get it out of the way: The Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates is a novel featuring a brave young girl in a dystopian future. I’m as surprised as you are. No, I don’t know why she didn’t market this YA. (Probably as a buffer against ready

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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Review

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Zoje Stage takes the electra complex to another level in Baby Teeth. In this article I explore whether this novel adds anything worthwhile to the burgeoning genre of “creepy kids.” Of course, parenting is a joy. It’s also costly, sleepless, and full of anxiety. The whole experience can bring up

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