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Literary Fiction

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After June

By Thomasin Heyworth

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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

By Patricia Goodwin

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

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

By Timothy L. Huffman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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

By Tamara Linse

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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.

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Sequence of Self

By Don Balch

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

January Winston won’t let a sexual assault, her poor choice in men, her relationship with her parents or evidence she might have had a role in the death of her rapist crush her dreams for a normal family life.

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Farmer’s Son

By N.E. Lasater

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Family bonds are painful but unbreakable for the McAllisters, a rural American family dealing with – or failing to deal with – what they believe to be shameful secrets.

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A Little Piece of Me

By Stephen Geller

Rating: ★★★★½ 

A pianist must deal with her son’s severe illness and her failing marriage, with the help of Beethoven’s Appassionata.

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The Truth About Hannah Rose

By Naomi Kenocek

Rating: ★★★★½ 

THE TRUTH ABOUT HANNAH ROSE is the story of an international adoption of a Russian child by an American single mother.

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Taking Stock

By Scott Bartlett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A young man battles mental illness and drug addiction while working for a dysfunctional grocery store.

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The Rub

By J.A. Carter-Winward

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE RUB is the convoluted and torrid story of a strange love quadrangle that forms between two married couples. But it’s more complicated than even that.

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The Man Who Invented New Jersey

By Ted Gargiulo

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

THE MAN WHO INVENTED NEW JERSEY contains stories that range from strange to vaguely realistic, from satirical to sad. And just when it seems that cynicism pervades this volume entire, something sincere shines through.

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In the Comfort of Shadows

By Laura Bragstad

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After the funeral of her “Dad,” adopted Ann is freshly motivated to seek out the history of her biological parents, a task she undertakes by traveling to Newland, Wisconsin, where her Austrian biological mother originally emigrated after World War II.