Reviews and Blog Posts: literary fiction

Purple hibiscus

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Purple Hibiscus, set in Nigeria, is a dark yet beautifully written novel about the seemingly ideal lives of fifteen year old Kambili, her older brother Jaja, their softly spoken mother, and their wealthy and respected father. Everything appears to be perfect on the surface to outsiders but behind closed doors...

Fourth of July Creek : a novel

by Smith (Joshua Smith) Henderson

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This was really something.  I am having a difficult time deciding where I want to start talking about it.  I hope it becomes one of those epic American fictions that my son finds on his high school required reading list.

Picture me gone

by Meg Rosoff

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Mila admits that she's still technically a child, but her observational powers are strong and accompanying her father on a trip to locate Matthew, an old friend of his who has disappeared makes her aware that adult concerns impact her life.  Mila sees what many of the people around her...

In Praise of Mary Doria Russell


Do you love literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? This author is a rare find - someone who can cross genres with ease, style, and literary merit. She has won many national and international awards for her work. If you haven't read her, you should!

Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.

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