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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

Third Girl from the Left

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ISBN: 9780618773381
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Published: Mariner Books - September 5th, 2006

The influence of film links the lives of three generations of black women...the daughter (a modern day film student)...the mother (a "blaxploitation" film actress) and the grandmother (an avid film-goer) who experienced the Tulsa race riots first hand. Rich in family dynamics and cultural history. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Jim the Boy

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ISBN: 9780316198950
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2001

Coming of age in North Carolina in the 1930's, ten year old Jim Glass has no father. What he has is a mother and three uncles who raise him with firm and loving hands. As kind-hearted a novel as you will see. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

In the Shadows of the Sun

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ISBN: 9781400077151
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Published: Anchor - June 6th, 2006

This is a grim and moving story about the deep and far-reaching effects of war on a family. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the eldest son enlists and is soon suffering through the Bataan Death March, while the family back home in New Mexico struggles to persevere. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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