Sep 28, 2016
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Literary Fiction

astrologers
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A young man comes of age under the tutelage of his astrologer uncle in ASTROLOGER’S APPRENTICE

By David John Jaegers

2.0

IR Rating

A young man comes of age under the tutelage of his astrologer uncle, but must decide whether or not to follow him on his quest to prove astrology’s scientific validity.

searching
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Beautifully written and engagingly presented, SEARCHING FOR PARADISE is a road trip worth taking

By T.L. Hughes

4.0

IR Rating

When life becomes too routine, dreams aren’t coming true, and restlessness sets in, the only choice for three friends is to get in the car and make their way back to their familial roots.

autoflick
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Preparing to be unprepared for surprises in AUTOFLICK: A Study of Whales and Cigarettes That Became a Novel

By John R. Bancroft

3.8

IR Rating

Izzy, a perpetually-unprepared Boy Scout, tags along on his father’s madcap study of people who toss cigarette butts from their cars in John R. Bancroft’s coming-of-age story.

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A doctor struggles with the concept of the ends justifying the means in: BEING AND BECOMING

By Phalgun Prativadi, M.D.

4.0

IR Rating

In this engaging tale of moral crisis, Dr. Arya Krish has the best of intentions…at first.

COVEREDPACES
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Failed love affairs and self discovery in: COVERED PACES

By Luigi A. Juarez

4.0

IR Rating

Tired of unfaithful lovers, a woman moves from Los Angeles back to her hometown of Miami, Florida, only to discover that true love starts with oneself in this moving story.

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A young couple fights betrayal and the passage of time to rekindle their love: IN THIS LIFE

By Christine Brae

3.0

IR Rating

A young couple tries to recapture the romance of their first encounter after years apart and secrets discovered in this sweet and stirring literary romance.

MAYS
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A man contends with depression as he takes on the role of a human lab rat in: MAYS LANDING

By J.C. Mercer

5.0

IR Rating

After a botched suicide attempt, a medical school dropout becomes a human lab rat in order to scrape out a new existence for himself.

RIPPLES
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A woman struggles with an abusive husband in: THE RIPPLES OF GUILT

By Angela Richmond

2.5

IR Rating

A middle-aged British woman reflects back on her tumultuous, dysfunctional life and its many hardships and regrets.

SIMON
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Complexities in the search for identity and freedom in: SIMPLE SIMON

By William Poe

4.5

IR Rating

A young gay man struggles with his identity as he recovers from drug abuse.

PASSING
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Paths interweave in: SIGNS OF PASSING

By Owen Thomas

4.5

IR Rating

SIGNS OF PASSING is a collection of loosely connected short stories, in which Owen Thomas’ eclectic group of characters interact and influence each other in subtle ways, often without knowing it.

IAMED
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Rocking a balance between stardom and brotherly love in: I AM ED

By R.A. Akerlund

4.5

IR Rating

Ed Henderson, left in charge of his brothers when their mother dies, leads them to stardom as a rock band.

HEMBRY
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An American in England turns her nose up at aristocratic expectations in: WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLE

By Meredith Allard

5.0

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A 20-year old, willful American beauty arrives at Hembry Castle with her widowed father, the second son of the 8th Earl of Straton, to begin her resistant acquaintance with Victorian-era England.

SHADOWS
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A man drifts through an indifferent society and sexual encounters in: TANGLED SHADOWS

By Xavier Jay Richards

3.5

IR Rating

An aimless young man has a series of sexual encounters with women while navigating his way through an indifferent metropolis.

COINMAN
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Social commentary highlighted through a curmudgeon’s antics in: COINMAN

By Pawan Mishra

5.0

IR Rating

The anti-hero known as “Coinman” is an irritating co-worker, an inattentive husband, a not-so-dutiful son…yet his apparent lack of love conquers all.

SECRETS
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Title: A Southern Californian man takes a Faustian journey in: SECRETS OF MEN IN A LIFEBOAT

By Todd R. Baker

3.5

IR Rating

A man loses his job and broods over how to continue making ends meet for himself and his beloved young son as his fortieth birthday approaches.

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

By Michael Jarvis

4.5

IR Rating

This is an extraordinary collection of three novellas all centered on themes of obsession, myth, and exoticism.

because
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A mountain climber struggles to find a reason to live after he loses his legs in: BECAUSE

By Jack A Langedijk

4.0

IR Rating

A mountain climber and his family deal with the repercussions of a tragic accident that cost him his legs.

TRAINEE
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The dangers of being a doppleganger in: THE TRAINEE

By A.F. Knott

3.0

IR Rating

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.

MECCA
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Danger and intrigue when an American woman moves to Saudi Arabia and befriends a Saudi woman in: EAST OF MECCA

By Sheila Flaherty

5.0

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An American woman living in Saudi Arabia faces the hardships, anxiety and betrayals of life in a theocratic dictatorship.

boss
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Life in the New York projects filled with grit, violence and hopeless in: BOSS

By Jennifer Paige

2.5

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Violence, rivalry and ambition threaten to destroy numerous lives in the New York projects.

WARREN
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An alcoholic drug addict gets more than he bargains for when he impersonates a P.I. in: WARREN LANE

By Andrew Diamond

4.5

IR Rating

An alcoholic ne’er-do-well poses as a private detective on a whim, but may be in over his head.

MOON
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Indifference and love, past and present, and east and west collide in: TWO TALES OF THE MOON

By Jennifer Sun

4.0

IR Rating

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.

FRUIT
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An intriguing look at delicious secrets in: BOWL OF FRUIT (1907)

By Panayotis Cacoyannis

5.0

IR Rating

BOWL OF FRUIT (1907) is a magically original story about two strangers and enticing secrets.

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Raw human emotions are bared when lives intersect at a strip club in: GRIND

By J A Carter Winward

5.0

IR Rating

A group of disparate individuals find solace, frustration, challenge and connection at a strip club.