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Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

A memorable cast of characters with equally memorable names like Sportcoat, Sister Gee, Elephant, Four Pie Lady, and Sausage inhabit this Damon Runyonesque story of life in a Brooklyn housing project. A series of momentous events unfold after Sportcoat, in an alcoholic stupor, shoots the ear off a local drug dealer, a kid who used to be the star player on the baseball team he coached. McBride effortlessly spans the cavern between some of the most serious issues confronting urban America and humor that sometimes approaches a slapstick level. The new book by the author of The Good Lord Bird is infused with a zest for life that is exhilarating, suspenseful, and completely delightful. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374117948
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 4th, 2020

It's Spring Training and everyone's here in Arizona: the MVP outfielder, pitchers, catchers, scrubs, and baseball wives, owners, coaches, agents, and hangers-on. Narrated by a washed-up sportswriter in the guise of a nine inning game, this sparkling baseball diamond connects like a high fly that's going, going, gone. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel by Virginie Despentes - Book Review

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By Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374283247
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Published: FSG Originals - November 5th, 2019

Already being compared to Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet and Balzac’s Comédie Humaine, the first of the Vernon Subutex trilogy finally comes to the US after thrilling France, Europe, and the UK! Despentes, the French provocateur, feminist, writer, and filmmaker, quipped that she has skyrocketed in popularity now that she is writing about a man. Vernon Subutex, one cool record-store owner in the 1990s, is evicted. Alex Bleach rock star, icon, and payer of Vernon’s rent for the last couple of years died suddenly. Vernon gathers a few possessions including a variety of VHS tapes on which Bleach recorded his final interview, and surfs across the couches of aging Gen X Parisians. It is a brilliant conceit on Despentes’ part that gives us a window into the Paris of the 2010s. Here are Alex’s old lovers, Vernon’s new lovers, white supremacists, ex porn stars, transgender immigrants, washed up screenwriters turned neocons, long nights of Vernon’s prodigious DJ skills and drug snorting, detectives, radical Muslims, microaggressions, macro aggressions, and a constellation of parties interested in those tapes. I cannot wait for volume 2 in 2020. C’est formidable et très cool, ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Death in Her Hands: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - April 21st, 2020

An older woman, recently widowed, finds an intriguing note on her morning walk suggesting that a murder has been committed. Slowly and almost insidiously, the implications of the short note begin to subsume her, awakening a painful realization of the anger and disappointment that she has managed to suppress throughout her own life. This is a hypnotic, brilliantly executed journey into a troubled mind that draws the reader into its spell like a specter beckoning a traveler into the flickering twilight. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Topeka School: A Novel by Ben Lerner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

From the personal histories of a Midwestern family at the close of the twentieth century, Ben Lerner crafts an expansive vision of the moral and intellectual condition of contemporary America. Shifting narratives between haughty, brilliant high school student Adam and his two psychologist parents, this novel explores the creative and destructive power of language, both locally and culturally. The wisest, most imaginative novel you’ll read all year. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Exhibition of Persephone Q: A Novel by Jessi Jezewska Stevens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374150921
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 3rd, 2020

Percy Q awakens in the overnight, and realizes she no longer recognizes her husband, a talented artist and “wonderful sleeper.” Into the novel, she drifts further from him, and from the ‘beautiful’ photos he has taken of her, until she happens upon an exhibit of work by her former lover, in which she is the model. Yet no one, not gallery patrons nor show viewers, or even her friends and the artist himself, recognize her from the images, forcing Percy Q to question her own identity, not just in the artwork, but all around the city’s post-September 11 terrorscape.


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