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Harris County's loss is my gain

This is my current reading. Christie Hodgen’s debut publication, a book of short stories: Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw. I bought it second hand from some American book store, and it turns out that it’s a “discard” from… 158 more words


broken hearted

This is my morning ‘treat’ time. I’m at work, and it’s early. No one else is here yet. I’ve had my coffee, to pick me up, and now my book – which is tending to have the opposite effect. 48 more words


Emily in Kansas City Star's Top 100; Essay in NPR Books

Emily, Alone was also named as one of the Star’s Top 100 Books of 2011:

In a sequel to “Wish You Were Here” (2003), O’Nan wonderfully captures hope and sadness as the aged Emily searches for meaning after her husband passes away.

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Somewhere, Somewhere: Oriana Leckert on Christie Hodgen's Elegies for the Brokenhearted

Elegies for the Brokenhearted, Christie Hodgen, WW Norton, 2010

Elegies for the Brokenhearted begins in a rush and never loses momentum. It is crafted with galloping long sentences, clause within clause within clause, that swerve the reader away and then back and then away again. 600 more words

Fiction Review

Pondering Underrated Writers

What makes a writer “underrated”?  I’m only asking, because apparently several writers I really like are underrated, and I’m not exactly sure what this means. 138 more words