Literary Fiction

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CAVEMAN AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Rating: 5
A woman gets caught up in an unanticipated situation when a hairy interloper suddenly enters her life.
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THESE THY GIFTS

Rating: 4.5
A priest's life story unfolds as background to his handling of a sex-abuse case.
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THE CLAWS OF PERDITION

Rating: 3.3
A collection of short stories written around dark themes, Alaric Cabiling’s unraveling narratives are sharp and at times shocking, with simple dialogue and common scenarios unfolding into lies, chaos and violence.
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SUPERBALL

Rating: 3.8
SUPERBALL is a relationship story taking place in 1970s Colorado driven by both hippy sensibility and philosophy.
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IT IS MYSELF THAT I REMAKE

Rating: 2
A young woman finds love and healing with her re-embodied spirit guide, the Irish poet William B. Yeats.
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MOCK MY WORDS

Rating: 3.7
An established novelist famed for his beautiful prose, Chinese "literary genuis" David Tan, finds speaking English difficult, setting the stage for a heartfelt story about communication and the lack thereof.
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THE BOOK OF MOON

Rating: 5
George Crowder merges the Book of Job, J. D. Salinger, and Woody Allen into an effective tale about an adolescent trying to make sense of life and death amidst the setting of a crumbling world and the scary rite of passage that is puberty.
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MAIL-ORDER ANNIE

Rating: 4
The main character in MAIL-ORDER ANNIE is a trailer park-dwelling English teacher named Frank who is afflicted with considerable sexual frustration.
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RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE

Rating: 4.5
RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE is a collection of twenty-five exquisite short stories artfully strung together by Best New American Voices nominee Nath Jones.
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MISTS OF THE SERENGETI

Rating: 4.7
"Everything is one...we are all connected." That profound Maasai saying is the theme brilliantly explored through the characters and plot of this new romantic literary fiction.
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SOMETIMES I'M SO SMART I ALMOST FEEL LIKE A REAL PERSON

Rating: 3.7
SOMETIMES I'M SO SMART is an intriguing, illuminating look at the problems with refusing to acknowledge others as people, not pawns.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE

Rating: 5
In THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODBYE, an aging chorus boy named Sebastian Hart is still grief-stricken a year after his husband’s death.
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THE LAST FAITH

Rating: 3
THE LAST FAITH offers a philosophical back-and-forth between the author, and a “God” of his own making, regarding why human beings do what they do.
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A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES

Rating: 4.5
A man's vacation in Provence with his wife and adopted son brings him into contact again with his lost love and her dying partner.
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WATERSHED Might Seem Crazy, But It Knows What It’s Doing

Rating: 4.7
For Raquel – phone-addict, lost soul, being post-coitally ejected from the belly of a light aircraft (albeit with what is hopefully a functional parachute) is just the start of her problems.
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Unseal LETTERS TO ALICE for an inspiring tale both intimate and epic

Rating: 4
Frazier and Margaret Pickett are 21st Century American writers blocked in both art and life. Katya Ivashov is a spirited young writer in Stalinist Russia, blocked only by the oppression of the regime. Their stories interweave in a narrative ode to love, literature, and the eternal struggle for change.
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BELIEVE

Rating: 5
Geoffrey Visgilio’s novel of discovery begins with a young man named Jared November, who is about to celebrate his 35th birthday in a most novel way—by blowing his head off with a shotgun.
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WORTHY OF THIS GREAT CITY

Rating: 3
A novel set in Philadelphia that explores a local radio personality whose drive for recognition and acknowledgement possibly aid in bringing disaster to her charismatic, Councilman-At-Large husband, a politician on his way up.
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THE ATHEIST AND THE PARROTFISH

Rating: 5
THE ATHEIST AND THE PARROTFISH describes the emotional and spiritual journeys of Dr. Cullen Brodie, a nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, the transgender patient who receives a heart and kidney transplant.
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THE ABSENCE OF EVELYN

Rating: 4.5
Years after a woman's death, her sister, niece, lover, and lover's daughter must all come to terms with family secrets, lost chances, and the meaning of life and love.
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DREAMING SOPHIA, a nice introduction to Italian life and culture

Rating: 3
DREAMING SOPHIA is a journey to Italy in the way a young woman from America might hope to live it, replete with sketches in art history and an Alpha-Romeo driving Romeo.
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I'LL BE LOOKING AT THE MOON

Rating: 3
A young woman, raised in a dysfunctional family, finds love, self-worth, and independence in France.
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Dissidents fight dictatorship with drugs in REPUBLIC DAY

Rating: 3
REPUBLIC DAY follows a loose coalition of criminals, dissidents and artists as they plot to bring about the downfall of a police state governing their country.
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A CURIOUS HOST

Rating: 3
A series of suspicious and identical deaths from an unknown disease, in what is only identified as "the plain town", leave residents nervous and paranoid.