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Rookie Report: Terry Kennedy and Courtney McDermott

Terry Kennedy | New River Breakdown | Unicorn Press October 2013 Just past June and our old dog is swimming the slow summer waters of this ancient river; both of them gliding with a natural ease that defies their age, the intent and purpose of their separate journeys. Closing my eyes, I can’t help but

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November 1, 2013

I am drawn to family dysfunction, and Taiye Selasi’s debut novel, Ghana Must Go, reinvents that dynamic into something delicate, searing, and graphic. She manages to create a family—the Sai family—into something simultaneously pitiful and charming. Selasi truly examines the different roles all members in a family play—the father, the mother, the eldest, the twins,

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August 2, 2013

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

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

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