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Blaze Me a Sun: A Novel About a Crime by Christoffer Carlsson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593449356
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Published: Hogarth - January 3rd, 2023

It's not so much about figuring out who the bad guy is--although good luck with that--but very much about the characters in this immersive Swedish crime novel. Set in the late 1980's and in the present, the story focuses on the small town cop obsessed with the attacks that unsettle his community, his partners, his son, the victims' families, and ultimately the writer who tries to unravel it all years later. The award-winning Carlsson has crafted a thought-provoking thriller that explores questions about the nature of truth and the meaning of it all. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593498064
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Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

Zamora's first work of prose is a stunning, nearly moment-to-moment recounting of his seven week, 3000 mile journey as a nine year old from El Salvador to the Arizona desert. No family members accompanied him. His parents had already fled the civil war in their home country. Led by one coyote or pollero after another, Javier joined a group of strangers who traveled by bus, boat and foot, on a harrowing, traumatizing journey to join his parents in the United States. Through a nearly unbelievable force of will and the care of three strangers who became his second family, Javier made it. An incredible, unforgettable work of literature. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


We Are the Light: A Novel by Matthew Quick - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781668005422
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2022

This is a moving novel about the aftermath of a horrific (and all too common) tragedy in a small town. The story is told by one of the survivors in the form of letters to (not his therapist but his) Jungian analyst. On the edge of madness, the character finds and provides healing in the embrace of community and immersion in the creative process. A big-hearted, winning, heartbreaking, funny novel for numinous and corporeal readers alike. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

Shattuck is the perfect companion on his Thoreau-inspired ambles on the beach and through the woods. The book succeeds as an extremely agreeable example of armchair travel combined with masterful nature writing. It also ignited in me a new curiosity about his muse, Henry David Thoreau. Sprinkle in the kindness of strangers, the importance of friendship, and the comfort of family, Six Walks is a deeply personal and highly relatable excursion by a very talented writer. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Mercury Pictures Presents: A Novel by Anthony Marra - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451495204
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Published: Hogarth - August 2nd, 2022

Marra's first book, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, could stand as the crowning achievement of a writer's career. His second novel is another triumph by a writer whom we will be following for years to come. An intricate tapestry of characters whose lives connect over continents and time, Mercury is set in Fascist Italy of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and in Hollywood at the same time. The novel follows emigres and prisoners and people in power as they scheme with and against each other on a turbulent stage. The myriad characters struggle against racism, xenophobia, and political oppression as America enters the "Good War" and Hollywood is conscripted to deliver indoctrination films. Rising above it all is recent immigrant Maria. She is estranged from her mother, her father is confined in a prison colony in Italy, she endures a complicated relationship with a young Italian acquaintance whom she blames for her father's fate, all while persevering at a middling film studio where she is literally trying to make a name for herself. Marra showcases his expansive talents in this beautifully written, deeply researched wonder of a novel. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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