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Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton

Sometime last week, after finishing Legend of a Suicide by David Vann, I decided that my brain needed a palate cleansing pick-me-up, something to whisk me out of Vann’s emotively beautiful but harsh Sukkwan Island wilderness, wrap me in a warm blanket, and spoon feed me from a comforting bowl of soup, or in this […]... Read More
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The Soul of Kindness by Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor the Writer hadn’t entered my radar until a few years ago.  I had come across one of her short story collections while trawling Goodreads, and out of all her works listed, The Soul of Kindness was the one I felt I wanted to read the most.  I know two or three people in […]... Read More
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The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

From what I had gathered reading through a handful of reviews, The Rabbit Back Literature Society sounded like a sort of surreal fairy tale mystery with magical books that altered their own contents and shady literary societies with murky backgrounds rooted in the unknown. The word ‘charming’ came up quite a few times, as did […]... Read More
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Reader For Hire by Raymond Jean, and The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa

I had a chance to accompany my husband on a two-day stint in Dover.  While he spent nearly 14 hours being seasick on a boat for an assignment (I feel you, babe.  Honestly, I do.) I spent Monday morning chilling in our hotel room and reading the library books I brought with me. First off, […]... Read More
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The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull

The Visitors follows the story of Adeliza ‘Liza’ Golding, who as a young child loses her hearing to fever, followed by her sight.  Though she can communicate her wants and needs with the simplest of gestures, and can navigate herself within her family’s home with her remaining senses, Liza is unable to fully express herself, leaving […]... Read More