Literary Fiction

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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.
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The Woman in the Movie Star Dress

Rating: 3.5
Genevieve Nightcloud, shopgirl at the Hollywood Clothing Store, believes in a theory of transference: "that clothing might carry something of the spirit of the owner” and that when old clothes are worn by new people, the chi of the original owner is transferred onto the new wearer.
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Water Lessons

Rating: 2.5
A displaced Louisiana man seeks a new home and career in New England – but is he really meant to leave his roots behind forever?
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The Damnable Legacy Of A Minister’s Wife

Rating: 4.5
Although Beth was the minister’s wife, she wasn’t much of a believer, so when she died of cancer she wasn’t sure what the afterlife would entail. Instead of slipping into nothingness or a picturesque heaven, Beth ends up in limbo.
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The Former Hero

Rating: 3.5
The abduction of a little girl kick starts a noir-infused ride through a city ruled by villains. Before the tale’s completion, an impotent hero, a single mother, a Harley-riding loner, and a rundown detective will all face demons inside and out.
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The Vineyard

Rating: 4
THE VINEYARD starts with contemplations of suicide and to whom a suicide is truly beneficial.
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The Gertrude Threshold

Rating: 4
In the future, scientist Stan Gertrude discovers the Sun is expanding so rapidly that its heat will consume the Earth within a few generations. After years of ineffective action, the Warming forces all underground, where the survivors can await the Gertrude Threshold, the day humanity will meet complete destruction.