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THE UNNAMED by Joshua Ferris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Audacious, risky and powerfully bleak, with the author's unflinching artistry its saving grace."
A successful lawyer finds himself blindsided by a mysterious affliction in Ferris' sophomore effort, an even more ambitious and provocative novel than PEN/Hemingway Award winner Then We Came to the End (2007). Read full book review >

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"Intermittently intriguing pensées on some very basic conundrums."
The miracle of life is pondered deeply, if not always clearly, in this philosophical treatise. Read full book review >

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THE REVELATOR by Robert Kloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Fans of McCarthy and filmmaker Terence Malick may enjoy Kloss' stylistic and tonal experiments here, but for nearly everyone else, this novel is tough going."
Our country has had its eccentrics, and one must surely be Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism and the subject of this dark, bold novel, which is nearly as eccentric as its subject. Read full book review >

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FLORENCE IN ECSTASY by Jessie Chaffee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An enigmatic but engaging debut."
A Boston woman tries to treat her eating disorder by traveling to a place where she knows no one, the art-filled city of Florence, Italy. Read full book review >

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THE SADNESS by Benjamin Rybeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"An overly clunky attempt to merge earthbound family drama and high-toned artsiness."
A brother and sister reunite in their Maine hometown for a few days of reckoning with their messy pasts, stalled presents, and art films. Read full book review >

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SEAHORSE by Janice Pariat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"It's a disappointing wrap-up to an intense and well-crafted look at homophobia and human relationships."
When society is intolerant of homosexuality, LGBTQ kids suffer. Read full book review >

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IN PLAIN VIEW by Julie Shigekuni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Like many 'literary' authors before her, Shigekuni borrows genre-fiction tropes without knowing how to make them work."
A thriller that takes the reader from academia in Los Angeles to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Read full book review >

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ONE LIFE by David Lida
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Lida, who drew praise for First Stop in the New World (2008), his nonfiction book about Mexico City, makes a rewarding move into fiction."
When Esperanza, an undocumented young Mexican, is arrested in Louisiana for the gruesome murder of her 11-month-old baby, a mitigation specialist, Richard, digs through her recent past hoping to save her from the death penalty. Read full book review >

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ARCADE by Drew Nellins Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A sexy and poignant novel that could have done well with a more original exploration of gay mores."
A Texas-based debut novel about a man controlled by his sexuality. Read full book review >

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THE LONG FIRE by Meghan Tifft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"An unusual, strikingly written novel about a young woman's desire for understanding and love and how that longing remains familiar in even the most eccentric of circumstances."
A debut novel about a strangely appealing heroine whose lonely search for understanding plunges her into the dark weirdness of her family history. Read full book review >

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THE FINE ART OF FUCKING UP by Cate Dicharry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A novel that offers a colorful and amusing portrayal of an art school's strange quirks but trudges through the unexceptional realization that happiness is rarely straightforward."
In a debut novel that wallows in the angst of being 30-something and unsatisfied with life, Dicharry pulls the reader into the strange and frequently absurd world of art school while exploring the even stranger workings of personal happiness. Read full book review >

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WEST VIRGINIA by Joe Halstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"No Look Homeward Angel this; rather a hapless family and road-trip blues."
In Halstead's debut, young Jamie Paddock is pulled home to the hard-worn, poverty-stricken West Virginia mountains by the apparent suicide of his father. Read full book review >