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Margo Orlando Littell – Each Vagabond by Name

The small town of Shelk has a problem, one of the oldest. When visitors show up on the town’s metaphorical doorstep, break-ins begin occurring. Family heirlooms go missing, along with food and small trinkets. The townspeople can feel something hovering, ominous and unstoppable. Main characters Stella and Ramsy watch as people they’ve known for years

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August 22, 2016

Alexis M. Smith – Marrow Island

Marrow Island, by Alexis M. Smith (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), takes place in a haunting alternate present in which parts of the Northwest have been destroyed by an enormous earthquake. Ten years later, a journalist named Lucie seeks out a secret, quasi-religious group that appears to be living in the midst the quake-caused toxic devastation on

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July 11, 2016

Lisa Birnbaum – Worthy

Our lives are single-perspective. How then have we ever understood anything outside our immediate realm? Stories are one way. In Lisa Birnbaum’s Worthy (Dzanc Books), we see the power of stories, how they can help us understand those around us, and perhaps even more importantly, to perceive different and new versions of ourselves. Narrated in

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May 9, 2016

Mona Awad – 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Mona Awad’s debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Books) is a fascinating study of relationships and the interactions of daily life. Told from varying points of view, each chapter traces the shifting power dynamics between mother and daughter, woman and lover, customer and salesperson. Each encounter, even the careless comment

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March 7, 2016

Olga Grushin – Forty Rooms

In Olga Grushin’s new novel, Forty Rooms (Marian Wood Books/Putnam), we follow a protagonist throughout her life during moments of import in, like the title suggests, forty different rooms. Some of these are in houses or apartments she inhabits, while others run the gamut from small-town library to suburban wine cellar.  Whatever the case, Grushin

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February 22, 2016

Chrissy Kolaya – Charmed Particles

Abhijat Mital accepted the position at the National Accelerator Research Lab with great pride. The offer itself was the realization of his greatest dream, now made concrete by the desk he would sit behind, the nameplate on his door, the drive every morning through the gates, where he would present his pass to the security

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November 9, 2015

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