Reviews and Blog Posts: literary fiction

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.

Maddaddam a novel

by Margaret Atwood

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What can I say? I love Margaret Atwood. It's been some time (2003) since Oryx and Crake, the first book in this trilogy, was released. I must say I was a bit fuzzy on all of the details of the first two books, which led to some confusion as...

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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