Search Results: "Rilla Askew"


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THE MERCY SEAT by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A magnificent debut novel. (Author tour)"
Oklahoma native Askew follows the spare, haunting stories of her debut collection, Strange Business (1992), with a wrenching Cain-and-Abel first novel set in a vividly realized 19th-century American West. Read full book review >

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KIND OF KIN by Rilla Askew
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Askew deftly weaves all this together in a narrative that foregrounds a number of important contemporary issues: religion, immigration, the economy and the effect of all of these on family life."
An Oklahoma-centric novel about the "crime" of harboring illegal Mexican workers. Read full book review >

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MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >

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FIRE IN BEULAH by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Imperfect, then, but powerful and thoughtful."
From the talented and ambitious Askew (The Mercy Seat, 1997), a second novel set in her native state of Oklahoma, this time a tale of primal guilt and racial intolerance during the oil boom. Read full book review >

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HARPSONG by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2007

"A memorable portrait of a bizarre but credible marriage teetering between hope and despair."
A young man, his teenaged wife and his harmonica crisscross the Depression-era Southwest in Askew's mournful, compelling, religion-infused third novel. Read full book review >

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STRANGE BUSINESS by Rilla Askew
Released: July 1, 1992

"A middling first collection, then, with one marvelous exception."
Ten stories, all set in the small town of Cedar, Oklahoma, each titled by the year it is respectively are set in, make up Askew's debut volume. Read full book review >

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THE STARS ASKEW by Rjurik Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Still too verbose but a decided improvement on its dazzling yet chilly predecessor."
Second installment of a fantasy series (Unwrapped Sky, 2014) about a slow-motion rebellion overtaking an ancient, decaying city in thrall to body- and brain-warping magic. Read full book review >

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HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A perfect storm of ugly imagery, sloppy thinking and subpar writing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of The Best Book in the World (2014), a paean to reading, brings to the art of writing the same over-the-top exuberance.Read full book review >

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THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2014

"To quote one of many exuberant, action-packed spreads: 'Enjoy the ride!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adding to a growing genre, this picture book shouts—no, hollers at the top of its lungs—praise to the codex. Read full book review >

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ANYONE BUT YOU by Kim Askew
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 18, 2014

"Readers would be wise to choose another from the long list of retellings already out there…or better yet, stick with the original. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Set in the heart of Chicago's Little Italy, this modern-day take on Shakespeare's famed star-crossed-love story finds Gigi (nee Julietta) Caputo and Roman Monte falling hard for each other despite the generations-old feud between their families. Read full book review >

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EXPOSURE by Kim Askew
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 18, 2013

"As it turns out, high school is rife with just enough passion and treachery to set a suitable stage for some Shakespearean-level drama. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Death, betrayal, ruthless plots to seize the "crown"—all the seeds of stage tragedy take root and flourish in this clever modern-day homage to Macbeth. Read full book review >

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THE RATTLED BONES by S.M.  Parker
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"History and mystery meld beautifully in this ghost story with depth. (author's note, sources) (Paranormal suspense. 14-18)"
A ghost plagues a native Mainer as she struggles to unearth the tragic secrets of the spirit's demise. Read full book review >