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Beyond the Smoke and Concrete: Michèle Forbes’s Ghost Moth

Bellevue Literary Press, April 2013 Reviewed by Courtney McDermott Ghost moths are pure-white, “the souls of the dead waiting to be caught,” explains Katherine to her daughter, Elsa. Katherine, the heroine of Michèle Forbes’ Ghost Moth, is a former stage actress and mother of four who is haunted by her memories. These ghosts are brought

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May 17, 2013

Vignettes of Travel and Loss: Zubair Ahmed’s City of Rivers

Any poet would hope for the kind of praise that glows from the back cover of Zubair Ahmed’s debut poetry collection, City of Rivers. “Bracingly original…ushered into being by a prodigious new voice in America poetry.” Add to that the fact that Ahmed is only twenty-five, that his first book was published by McSweeney’s, and you

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May 3, 2013

Falling Through the Cracks: Dan Josefson’s That’s Not a Feeling

Soho Press, 2013 Reviewed by Courtney McDermott “That’s not a feeling,” is a common retort heard in Dan Josefson’s novel of the same name. Set in a therapeutic boarding school called Roaring Orchards in upstate New York, the troubled teen residents are constantly asked to define their feelings to a staff that is exhausted in

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April 12, 2013

Simply Animal: Stephanie Pippin’s The Messenger

University of Iowa Press, April 2013 Reviewed by W.M. Lobko What is it about a bird of prey that communicates such grace and clarity of purpose? Stately, slow in the sky, in no particular rush, possibly hunting, independent of the earth and immune to danger, these birds seize through their silence the whole sum of

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April 4, 2013

Satirizing War’s Inscrutable Logic: David Abrams’s Fobbit

Grove Press, Black Cat, September 2012 Reviewed by Kenneth Nichols David Abrams ended his twenty-year career as a military journalist when he retired from the United States Army in 2008. During his time in Iraq, Abrams kept a journal that became the basis for his debut novel, Fobbit. Packed with deep characters who find themselves

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March 28, 2013

Waiting for the Happy Times to End: Jim Gavin’s Middle Men

Simon & Schuster, February 2013 Reviewed by Douglas Silver Thomas Pynchon observed of Los Angeles’ environs in The Crying of Lot 49: “Like so many named places in California it was less an identifiable city than a grouping of concepts—census tracts, special purpose bond-issue districts, shopping nuclei, all overlaid with access roads to its own

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March 13, 2013

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