Literary Fiction

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Exotic adventures in myth and obsession in: DOG-HEAD: TALES FROM THE NEOTROPICS

Rating: 4.5
This is an extraordinary collection of three novellas all centered on themes of obsession, myth, and exoticism.
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A mountain climber struggles to find a reason to live after he loses his legs in: BECAUSE

Rating: 4
A mountain climber and his family deal with the repercussions of a tragic accident that cost him his legs.
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The dangers of being a doppleganger in: THE TRAINEE

Rating: 3
Rodney Pepper is a strange man. Painfully awkward, heartbreakingly naïve, and prone to archaic monologues, he is adrift in college until a series of coincidences bring him to New Orleans.
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Danger and intrigue when an American woman moves to Saudi Arabia and befriends a Saudi woman in: EAST OF MECCA

Rating: 5
An American woman living in Saudi Arabia faces the hardships, anxiety and betrayals of life in a theocratic dictatorship.
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Life in the New York projects filled with grit, violence and hopeless in: BOSS

Rating: 2.5
Violence, rivalry and ambition threaten to destroy numerous lives in the New York projects.
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An alcoholic drug addict gets more than he bargains for when he impersonates a P.I. in: WARREN LANE

Rating: 4.5
An alcoholic ne'er-do-well poses as a private detective on a whim, but may be in over his head.
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Indifference and love, past and present, and east and west collide in: TWO TALES OF THE MOON

Rating: 4
When Will Donovan needs advice about selling his business to a larger company with potential ties to China, he makes use of his sister’s friendship with Lu Li, an investment banker, and they both must make peace with their pasts and decide which path their futures will take.
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Raw human emotions are bared when lives intersect at a strip club in: GRIND

Rating: 5
A group of disparate individuals find solace, frustration, challenge and connection at a strip club.
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A road trip across America leads to self-discovery in: THE PRESENT IMMORTALITY

Rating: 4.5
A chronicle of a relationship, life on the road, what it means to be alive.
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A heroine’s musical abilities set against the slums of India in: AMINA: THE SILENT ONE

Rating: 5
A strong heroine uses her musical talents to escape a life filled with pain in India’s sordid slums.
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Addiction, abuse and young adulthood in: BLUE SKY

Rating: 5
Three young women must struggle with adolescence and young adulthood after surviving the childhood trauma of their family's breakdown and reformation.
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Transformation over twenty years in: INTENSIVE THERAPY: A NOVEL

Rating: 5
INTENSIVE THERAPY: A NOVEL follows the relationship of a doctor and his patient from their first therapy sessions in the 1980s, then shifts to 20 years later to demonstrate how that therapy has transformed and affected them both.
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Hiatus

Rating: 4.5
Read with a box of tissues handy: HIATUS will make you ugly-cry. This beautiful ode to late-in-life love is lyrical, captivating, and heart-wrenching.
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A road trip forces a lonely loser to choose direction in: Finding Flipper Frank

Rating: 5
FINDING FLIPPER FRANK centers around 38-year-old, troubled, lonely loser Walt Honerman, who decides to drive on an adventure with two passengers: an elderly man named Izzy with a big personality and a young woman, Moira, who wants to break Walt out of his shell.
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High Road: Chasing the Yellow Jersey

Rating: 5
It was a relationship that started innocently enough; pretty, yet mysterious, young woman meets wealthy heir and college playboy. But amid strange circumstances, she ends up dead, and the entire nation chooses up sides as to whether or not Kurt Dufour is the man to blame.
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Ere àwòrán

Rating: 4
A well-researched tale of an African slave and two abolitionists during the American Civil War. Ere àwòrán means “little statue,” referring to the carved figurine that Osumaka, gives to his young son Bwana as a reminder that his father is always with him even when off on a hunt.
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Pianist in a Bordello

Rating: 4
PIANIST IN A BORDELLO is a novel about a liberal Democratic politician with the rather unlikely name of Richard Milhouse Nixon Youngblood. Since he is running for congress in Northern California, he has written an autobiography to address some of the questionable activities of his past.
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The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar

Rating: 3.5
In a post-apocalyptic world, former reality TV writer Deb and her husband Charles create a new life that is both rugged and quasi-mystical, thanks to a local and character-filled wild boar.
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A man journeys into his sexuality to save his soul in: He & She

Rating: 5
A man of meager ambition and accomplishment experiences a midlife crisis that launches him into the world of S&M.
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Your Smallest Bones

Rating: 4.5
With humor, discomfort, numbness, and heartbreak, Taylor builds wondrous structures and then tears them down around you.
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Armor of Glass

Rating: 4
A jaded marine recounts his troubled love life as he rides a commuter train toward an unknown future.