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ISBN: 9780802126894
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

“I loved this slim, beautiful book. Megan Hunter’s sparse prose makes it one of the most affecting and poetic novels about the end of the world and beyond. Despite being a dystopian novel, it is hopeful. Perhaps the end is not the end.”

– Anton Bogomazov, Politics & Prose (Washington, DC)

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ISBN: 9781941040775
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Published: Tin House Books - October 3rd, 2017

“An absolutely beautiful exploration of family, grief, memory, and madness, The Glass Eye is outstanding. Jeannie Vanasco promised her father before his death that she would write a book for him, never knowing the psychological and mental toll the process would ultimately take on her. Vanasco explores her family’s history: the entirely separate family her father had before she was born, the late-in-life marriage that led to Jeannie’s birth, and her own destructive behavior as she falls in and out of a mental illness, which informs the truly fascinating structure of the book. The layers found in this memoir are as plentiful as the layers found in the human eye; ultimately, it is as deeply layered as the human experience itself.”

– Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)

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ISBN: 9781619029224
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

“I loved the different generations in A Kind of Freedom, beginning with the parents of Evelyn and Ruby, who seem so proper and clean, to present-generation TC, a very likable, hopeful character, but one whose circumstances involve him in drugs and prison. I found the evolution of the family to present day sad but fascinating, and I couldn’t help but root for every single character. In the end, you still feel hopeful despite it all.”

– Margot Farris, pages: a bookstore (Manhattan Beach, CA)

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ISBN: 9781501144370
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2017

“I loved the slow-burn mystery quality of this book. It reminded me of Everything I Never Told You in its focus on character instead of plot. It’s a whodunit with the bonus of rich, wonderful characters and good writing.”

– Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers & Cafe (Boston, MA)

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ISBN: 9780735221833
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Published: Viking - August 2017

“Lee is a 17-year-old girl who has gotten into a bit of trouble. Not that she is innocent, or completely guilty either. She runs with the wrong crowd, steals something that is not hers, and now she is on the run with nobody to turn to. Rose takes readers into the underbelly of Philadelphia, the sections that people have abandoned, to solve the mystery Lee has fallen into, which has to do with the famous artist Duchamp. Rose melds together information and story methods with amazing skill, drawing on secret societies, hacking, art theft, conspiracies, drugs, and so much more. This plot moves; it does not slow down until it reaches the conclusion, which will have you gasping for breath. Such a brilliant journey.”

– Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)

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ISBN: 9780802126597
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 2017

“Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done takes all the major players in the Fall River murders (including Lizzie Borden) and brings their inner thoughts to life. In this thriller of a debut, each character has alternating chapters and a distinct voice, illustrating the class divisions, tensions, and possible motivations for the famous murders of 1892. I couldn’t put it down!”

– Carolyn Hutton, Mrs. Dalloways Literary & Garden Arts (Berkeley, CA)

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ISBN: 9780399575068
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 11th, 2017

“Against the backdrop South Africa in the 1970s, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words follows Robin, a young white girl whose parents were killed, and Beauty, a black woman who searches for her activist daughter in the aftermath of the Soweto uprising. Bianca Marais has written a crisp, clear-eyed story that doesn’t shy away from the racism and devastation of her home country’s apartheid history, while also showing that family and love can come in many forms.”

– Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)

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ISBN: 9781501162299
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Published: Scribner - July 4th, 2017

Curtis Dawkins is a flat-out great writer who is also incarcerated for life in a Michigan prison for a drug-related homicide. The stories he tells in The Graybar Hotel are small masterpieces of the daily drama of prison life, reminiscent of John Cheever or Raymond Carver. In deceptively simple sentences, Dawkins pries into the inmates’ complex relationships with each other, their coping mechanisms, and their lives on the outside that brought them to where they have ended up. A transformative reading experience.”

– Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC)

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ISBN: 9781632868411
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 3rd, 2017

“I was completely immersed in this perfectly constructed novel of two families vacationing on an island in Maine during the Cold War summer of 1964. Nagy contrasts the warm, idyllic, beautifully rendered setting with the chill of manipulations and deceptions both personal and political. The family dynamics could best be summed up by the father, who explains to his young son how important it is to ‘learn when to lie, to whom, and to do it well.’”

– Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC)

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ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

“Finn Murphy’s memoir of working as a long-distance mover is a delight. These are stories of people and their stuff, the nuts and bolts of moving and hauling, all with a healthy dose of astute sociological commentary. Murphy has a true gift for storytelling, making this one of the year’s sharpest, most compelling memoirs.”

– Anton Bogomazov, Politics & Prose (Washington, DC)