Literary Fiction

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

Rating: 4
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.
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Preparing to be unprepared for surprises in AUTOFLICK: A Study of Whales and Cigarettes That Became a Novel

Rating: 3.8
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

Rating: 4
In this engaging tale of moral crisis, Dr. Arya Krish has the best of intentions...at first.
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Failed love affairs and self discovery in: COVERED PACES

Rating: 4
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

Rating: 3
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.
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A man contends with depression as he takes on the role of a human lab rat in: MAYS LANDING

Rating: 5
After a botched suicide attempt, a medical school dropout becomes a human lab rat in order to scrape out a new existence for himself.
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Paths interweave in: SIGNS OF PASSING

Rating: 4.5
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.