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Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643751559
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 20th, 2021

Longtime tenants in a rundown building in the colorful Soho district of London are fighting eviction to make way for the area's conversion into luxury apartments by a determined young millionairess. The fact that many of the tenants are prostitutes doesn't bode well for success, but the issue soon becomes one involving both women's rights and a growing public consciousness of the marginalization of the poor in the name of progress. The new novel by the author of Elmet is teeming with vibrant, quirky characters who are unbowed and unwilling to capitulate to monied interests or society's disapproval. An old story involving the oldest profession is given a fresh new lease on life. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


We Run the Tides: A Novel by Vendela Vida - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062936233
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Published: Ecco - February 9th, 2021

I loved this book so much that I actually forced myself to stop reading so that I'd get to spend more than one afternoon with it. Even so, I devoured it in two sittings. I'm always fascinated by neighborhood lore and the sticky politics of childhood: how children claw together a social hierarchy, the necessity of those at the top tirelessly performing their "coolness," and the maliciousness with which those neighborhood hierarchies unseat their leaders and trample them to the bottom. This book is a masterclass in exploring those ideas. The attention to detail is exquisite; the dark realities of the community are peeled bare. So, so, good. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Meet Me in Another Life: A Novel by Catriona Silvey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063020207
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Published: William Morrow - April 27th, 2021

An absolutely incredible concept brought to life by a stunning new voice in literature. I simply could not put this book down, I had to live in this world as much as possible. We get to know our two protagonists so utterly completely, as they live their lives, but differently, over and over again. This novel has time travel, mystery, exploration of self, and at its heart, true love. Just the best kind of storytelling. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristin Hannah - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

This beautifully written novel is set in Texas during the Great Depression. Water is drying up, the crops are failing, and more and more farmers are struggling with the fact that the government can't help them. Following others who gave up their land, Elsa Martineli migrates with her young family to California for a new start only to find no work, deplorable living, and discrimination. This story depicts Elsa as a fighter who never gives up and sacrifices everything to make a life for her and her family. Gritty and haunting this book grabs you from the first pages and never lets you go. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780358380887
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 5th, 2021

The "Sorry to Bother You" and "Wolf of Wall Street" comparisons are apt and deserved, as Askaripour's debut introduces a strong and necessary voice to the literary world. Darren, or "Buck," is one of my favorite protagonists in recent memory. I found this novel incredibly entertaining and difficult to put down! ~ Reviewed by Nolan Rabine


Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982159467
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Slender and powerful, Infinite Country strikes the perfect balance between harsh reality and lyric beauty. I was deeply moved by this story of a splintered Colombian family trying to compose their lives and find a home in both Bogota and the United States. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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