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Review: Janina Matthewson, Of Things Gone Astray

On a morning in London, Mrs. Featherby loses the front wall of her house. Marcus loses his piano keys. Robert has lost his job: building, coworkers, and all. 311 more words

Miranda July Introduces Us To The First Bad Man

You might meet Cheryl Glickman living in Berkeley, California (where Miranda July happened to grow up). Or, you might meet her in Los Angeles, where… 719 more words

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To be published later this year: my novel The Sugar Men

Someone gave me a push to write a new post here, with my news in a more highlighted fashion. I mentioned it earlier before I left on my trip, but this ‘someone’ I think wants me to make more of it. 858 more words

First consider

With the discovery of a lost Harper Lee manuscript, writers are talking about what to do with a first manuscript. At Writing the Novel, an author panel organized by WNIJ public radio at Northern Illinois University, the topic came up. 79 more words


#3: The Tiger's Wife

There are many qualities that can make a book good.  There is the plot, for example.  The characters.  The style of writing.  I tend to be pretty selective, so chances are I’ll find something to enjoy when I pick up a book and start reading.   335 more words

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The Martian by Andy Weir

So many people have read and reviewed this book, I don’t feel I need to. But I’ll give you my perspective on it.

When my husband read this last year, I asked if he thought I’d like it. 720 more words

Highly Recommended

Why Your First Novel Will Always Be Your Favorite

Your first novel will always be your favorite, because of your innocence when you wrote it, though it is unlikely to be your best effort. 710 more words

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