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"The Two-Family House" by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Abe and Mort Berman are brothers who are as different as night and day.  Abe is personable and gregarious.  Mort is anti-social and acerbic. Together they run a company that makes cardboard boxes.   693 more words

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"The Mourning Hours" by Paula Treick DeBoard

Suspicion and circumstance serve to decimate a Wisconsin farm family in this memorable debut by Paula Treick DeBoard.

A typical rural family, the Hammarstroms run a 160 acre dairy farm.   575 more words

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WAYS TO DISAPPEAR explores a life in translation in modern Brazil

Ways to Disappear

By Idra Novey

Little, Brown: Feb. 9, 2016

$25.00, 258 pages

Ways to Disappear, poet and translator Idra Novey’s debut novel, is an absorbing exploration of the dichotomy between the perception and reality of a writer’s life. 444 more words

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"What the waves know" by Tamara Valentine

Izabella Rae Haywood adores her father who she says is “one-eighth Narragansett Indian and seven-eights mystery”.   He takes her to Tillings Island, where he has roots.   554 more words

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"The Wacky Man" by Lyn G. Farrell

A heartbreaking novel that packs a visceral punch!

The Wacky Man” is a compulsively readable debut novel that expounds upon the life of Amanda May.   635 more words

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"Your story is the best one to tell." Marian Palaia on writing who you are and what you know


By Marian Palaia

Here is a thing I have been known to tell beginning fiction students: Write about someone who is not you. I tell them this because I am trying to get them to use their imaginations. 2,503 more words

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JUVENTUD a thought-provoking coming of age story set against complexities of Colombia



By Vanessa Blakeslee

Curbside Splendor: Oct. 27, 2015

$15.95, 338 pages

As serendipity would have it, I ended up reading two books set in South America back to back. 694 more words

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