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Strange Flowers: A Novel by Donal Ryan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143136392
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Published: Penguin Books - June 15th, 2021

Another mesmerizing novel from a great Irish author. A young woman disappears from her small village in 1973 without so much as leaving a note. Her parents are left to imagine the worst. Five years later she returns. As the gaps are filled and the future unfolds, Ryan weaves an intricate, musical, beautifully written tale. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Guide: A novel by Peter Heller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525657767
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Published: Knopf - August 24th, 2021

As he has done in his previous novels, Heller expertly mixes maximum thrills with expressive nature writing as he returns readers to the life of Jack, the tragic hero of The River. In his new job as a guide at an exclusive fishing lodge, Jack often asks himself "what could be better" as he spends his hours on a prime stretch of trout water. It takes little time at all for him to notice that something seems off at Kingfisher Lodge though. And as he and his client uncover the resort's peculiarities to reveal pure evil, you might ask yourself, "what could be worse?" ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316592550
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 26th, 2021

A curmudgeonly misfit from Stockholm, well-read and nagged by romantic notions of polar exploration, finds his way to a harsh outpost north of the Arctic circle. After he is maimed in a mining accident, he retreats farther north to a fjord where he subsists in a barren and beautiful landscape. Debut author Miller then takes this sad, broken character living in desperate isolation and creates a stunning meditation on friendship, compassion and familial love. I fell deeply in love with this beautiful, heart-swelling novel. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Site Fidelity: Stories by Claire Boyles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393531824
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 15th, 2021

Claire Boylan's debut collection of stories is so strong, I marveled at the depth and assurance of her writing. All of these stories take place somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and most involve characters with a strong connection to the landscape. Whether writing about the bonds of sisterhood, men working the oil fields, the fragile nature of a mother/daughter relationship, or sage grouse habitat, every sentence rings true. Boylan is a new voice to celebrate. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250244147
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 3rd, 2021

McConaghy's new novel is as deep and beautiful as her spectacular previous book, Migrations. Continuing with the theme of the natural world and environmental jeopardy (subjects at which the author excels), Once There Were Wolves focuses on one woman's attempt to reintroduce the predators into a remote mountainous region in Scotland in an effort to rewild the landscape. This richly textured and page-turning novel includes a twin sister whose past trauma has rendered her speechless, sinister elements who are eager to thwart the wolf project, a dead man, and an inscrutable police chief. I hungrily devoured every page. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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