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I opened the refrigerator and saw nothing but a pile of stripped oranges, a pyramid of them, all the pale yellow color of rind. They would be so easy to eat—pre-peeled, unarmored. The little gouges in their rinds matched the diameter of B’s fingernails exactly. But for some reason oranges now filled me with dread.
In Portland writer Megan Kruse’s debut novel, Call Me Home (Hawthorne Books), love and danger often seem inextricable. All three main characters—close siblings Jackson and Lydia, along with their mother Amy—find that love may lead them far away from home or safety. When Amy makes a choice to flee her abusive husband, she carries the
Dolly buys two cases of Bud Light because the tall man is staring at her, and she wants him to think that there is a group of people waiting for her back at the RV. For the first time in years, Dolly is worried about being raped. She’s seen him in three different aisles now,
In Cristina Moracho’s debut young adult novel Althea & Oliver (Viking), Moracho treads a familiar path, that of young love and friendship, but takes a decidedly “road less traveled” in plot and character development. Following the story of lifelong best friends, the titular Althea and Oliver, Moracho paints a vivid portrait of adolescence, heartbreak, and
While Charlie, Candice, and Louis were fastening seat belts and returning chair trays to the upright and locked position, it dawned on Daron that though he’d asked his mom to move The Charlies, he’d neglected to mention the mammies from New Orleans, Salt and Pepper Climb on Cucumber, as well as the Bibinba, Zwarte Pieten,
Now, my impression that I’d sold out was a private one, shared neither by my gallerist, Julien, happily traipsing about the room affixing red dots to the drywall, nor by the swell of brightly dressed expatriates pushing their way through conversations to knock their plastic glasses of Chablis against mine. There was nothing to be