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Cole Lavalais – Summer of the Cicadas

Twisted black iron announced Albany’s town limits. A warning more than a welcome. A city of ghosts. Just a mile outside of the city limits Vi spotted the child in the middle of Highway 319. She screamed. Perry slammed on the breaks, but there was no one there. A raccoon on its hind legs surprised

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June 6, 2016

Matthew Griffin – Hide

Matthew Griffin’s stunning debut novel Hide (Bloomsbury) tells the story of a lifelong relationship between two men, Wendell and Frank, who’ve kept their partnership hidden from family and neighbors in their small North Carolina mill town for over fifty years. When Frank’s mental and physical health rapidly declines following a stroke, Wendell struggles to care

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February 15, 2016

Jeff Wood – The Glacier

Jeff Wood’s cinematic debut novel, The Glacier (Two Dollar Radio) unfolds during a turn-of-the-millenium construction boom, as Midwestern forests and fields are transformed into superstores, corporate centers, and endless suburban housing developments. The destruction of one landscape to make way for another is rendered in visceral, atmospheric prose, and Wood’s characters, a land surveyor with

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October 26, 2015

“It is all too human to mean well and yet to inflict harm.” A conversation withMaggie Mitchell

They were glad to have us back, of course. But nothing was the same. It was as if we had returned from the dead, as if we were tainted somehow. Our unlikely survival made us guilty. We must have sold our souls, I could see them thinking—or worse. Undoubtedly, it had not been our fault

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July 20, 2015

“To listen to the words, to hear their musicality.” A conversation with Julie Iromuanya

Annually, when his father sent him tuition money, Job stored it in a savings bond. Even as his father’s business in Nigeria began their decline, somehow, faithfully, he managed to send Job the money to educate him abroad. His father even bragged to his friends that is was the duty of the old to care

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June 29, 2015

“As writers we can be in multiple imaginative places concurrently.” Eric Charles May discusses Bedrock Faith

By seven that evening, every resident on the 1800 block of 129th Street knew that Stew Pot Reeves was out of prison and back home; home being his mom’s redbrick two-flat located at the very east end of the block where the road came to a halt before the high stone wall of a railroad

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June 30, 2014

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