Literary Fiction

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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.
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A Better World

Rating: 4
A BETTER WORLD follows the lives of three women, each facing dire circumstances due to war and violence. Life has not been fair to them, but they are determined to move forward despite the enormous hurdles presented by their respective, dismal plights.
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In the Shape of a Man

Rating: 3
In a bleak tale of two men and their families in South San Francisco, everything seems fairly miserable. Their daily lives, on the same street, are seemingly hopeless in opposite situations. But everything is not as it seems at first glance, it is all much worse.
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Trashed

Rating: 3
After moving to New York, Hayden is struggling with a great deal. He is struggling to get by, to get the girl and to get a grip on his reality and how to get ahead without compromising who he sees himself to be. So far, he is succeeding at none of it.
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Mazie Baby

Rating: 5
A mother’s choice to end the abusive marriage she’s silently coped with comes with more baggage than freedom, and it takes the hands of a tiny town and a large dose of trust to finally free her.
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Nirmala: The Mud Blossom

Rating: 4
NIRMALA: THE MUD BLOSSOM, by Fiza Pathan, is the heartbreaking story of a young Indian girl who endures numerous hardships, while living under the regime of abusive parents and a poverty-stricken lifestyle.
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The First Noble Truth

Rating: 4
Author C Lynn Murphy weaves a story of friendship and quiet passion between two very different, but equally wounded women, and lets the inquisitive reader find deeper meanings beneath the surface plot.
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Spring Moon

Rating: 4
In SPRING MOON, the sequel to Wild Nights, Hannah Spring finds herself living in Hawaii, married to Jon Moon, and the mother of two young children. But married life isn’t quite what she expected.
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Sex and Other Bits

Rating: 3
SEX AND OTHER BITS is equal parts fascinating and obscene. A sex-fueled book about a young girl’s maturity in love, lust and religious faith, author Fabiola Reynales de Berry’s book is a compelling read and explicitly NSFW (Not Safe For Work).
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After June

Rating: 4.5
Ben Willows has always been reserved, and after his wife June passes away, he sees no need to change. But kindhearted June had other plans: before falling ill she made a young pregnant girl named Rose Swann promise that she would introduce herself to Ben.
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Dreamwater

Rating: 2.5
Patricia Goodwin's DREAMWATER, sequel to 2011's When Two Women Die, is a fantasy/historical novel that covers a lot of ground in two different time periods, full of paranormal and supernatural happenings.
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Snakebite Remedy

Rating: 3.5
SNAKEBITE REMEDY is a collection of eleven short stories, ten poems and one play. The author Timothy L. Huffman subtitles this volume “short works sharp teeth.” Indeed, the stronger stories are both short and sharp.
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Deep Down Things

Rating: 4.5
Building off the exceptional promise of her short-story collection How to Be a Man, author Tamara Linse returns with a novel about three orphaned siblings in Loveland, Colorado and their struggles to find love, meaning, and the strength to care for each other.