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An Unfinished Life

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ISBN: 9781400076147
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Published: Vintage - August 9th, 2005

Estrangement and redemption are common themes in novels set in the American West. Rarely are they so deftly handled as Spragg does in this gorgeous novel, rich in character and narrative sweep. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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ISBN: 9780395977712
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Published: Mariner Books - May 5th, 1999

This powerful and beautifully written collection of closely linked short stories took my breath away. The setting is an Alpine village in Austria. The characters are the generations of women who have endured through hardship and wars. Extraordinary! ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Epicure's Lament

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ISBN: 9780385720984
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Published: Anchor - January 25th, 2005

Hugo has returned to his family home to smoke himself to death. He is more than bitter, but life has a way of insinuating itself. Morbid and funny, crass and life-affirming, this is a rich novel. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Clearing

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ISBN: 9781400030538
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Published: Vintage - May 11th, 2004

This is a tremendous novel about the love between two brothers in 1926 Louisiana. Gautreaux mixes diverse cultures...Northern and Southern, Cajun and Sicilian...and memories of war into a spellbinding world that is both terrifying and irresistible. A magnificent achievement. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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ISBN: 9780375725760
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2005

The sequel to Haruf's acclaimed novel Plainsong, matches its predecessor in impact and beauty. Many of the same characters return, most notably the McPherson brothers, for Eventide. You will love this triumph of storytelling. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

You Are Not a Stranger Here

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ISBN: 9780385720724
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Published: Anchor - August 12th, 2003

I remember when Nathan Englander burst onto the scene with his very fine short story collection, For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges. I think Adam Haslett is better. Deeply moving writing. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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