Review: Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

by Pauline Masurel July 18, 2012

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door Etgar Keret (translated Miriam Shlesinger, Sondra Silverston and Nathan Englander) Chatto & Windus 2012 In Poetry for Supper, R.S. Thomas implied that poetry is ‘a thing that needs a window before it enters a dark room.’ Perhaps short stories – and flash fiction in particular – need readers who […]

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Searching for The Snow Leopard Again

by Laura M. Browning July 9, 2012

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen The Viking Press 1978   I read The Snow Leopard as my life was going a bit pear-shaped—my first full-time job in three years, which I loved, was unexpectedly ending after only a few months, though nobody could say exactly when or how; my younger sister was ill and […]

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Review: A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends

by Jodi Paloni July 9, 2012

A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends Stacy Bierlein Elephant Rock Books 2012 Imagine you alight on the shores of your vacation destination. As you wave good-bye to the ferry, your only connection to the normal world, you unexpectedly find yourself face-to-face with all of your past lovers. Their sole purpose for being there is […]

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Review: The Guardians, An Elegy

by Thomas Larson July 9, 2012

The Guardians: An Elegy Sarah Manguso 2012 FSG Many who read Sarah Manguso’s first memoir, The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), were in awe of the tale and its teller. At twenty-one, Manguso contracted an autoimmune blood disease that grew into nine years’ of transfusions, paralysis, and depression. It seemed the only way she could […]

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Review: Close Quarters

by Lee Gulyas July 9, 2012

Close Quarters Amy Monticello Sweet Publications 2012 In her first book, Amy Monticello begins with a joke, the kind that families tell and retell at picnics and holidays, the kind of joke that not only entertains but becomes legend, that points to larger themes and insight. Monticello sustains this focus on story and insight throughout […]

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The Boys of Summer, Fielding Insights

by Hilary George-Parkin May 1, 2012

 “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach Back Bay Books, 2012 Henry Skrimshander is a fairly unremarkable young man in most aspects– arriving at his first day of college he is undeniably scrawny, has brought with him only one book, and possesses neither the intelligence nor the charm necessary to earn the attention of his […]

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