Literary Fiction

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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.
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THE BEAUTY OF THE FALL

Rating: 4
A tech startup wiz, after a number of hard losses, starts a new company devoted to improving the world through conversation – and finds himself in the process.
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INDIAN SUMMER AND OTHER STORIES

Rating: 4
INDIAN SUMMER AND OTHER STORIES is a series of subtle remembrances, drawn by a deft hand, suggesting the world is at six-and-sevens normally, not on that rare and odd day.
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DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN

Rating: 4
DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN is a short and moody chronicle by a husband who is watching his wife die of cancer while striving to make sense of it all.
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GOD, GRACE AND DUMB LUCK, a collection of short stories about life, love + the general shortcomings of life

Rating: 2.3
In GOD, GRACE AND DUMB LUCK, author Phloyd Knucklez tries his utmost to deliver a collection of short stories about life, love, desire and the general shortcomings of life itself.
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Political parties of the future own everything in THE LINES OF UNION

Rating: 2.7
THE LINES OF THE UNION hits close to home and flips American politics on its back to expose the unsightly underbelly of capitalism.
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The periodical cicadas usher in disaster in DELUGE

Rating: 3
The Purvis family, affluent Southerners with a superstitious streak, flee cicadas in the night one summer—but misfortune closely follows.
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A young man comes of age under the tutelage of his astrologer uncle in ASTROLOGER'S APPRENTICE

Rating: 2
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.