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Watershed | Book Review

Watershed | Book Review

Watershed by Doreen Vanderstoop ISBN: 9781988298597 / 1988298598 Freehand Books, May 2, 2020 355 pages, $22.95 Dystopian fiction should feel frighteningly possible yet reassuringly unlikely, but Doreen Vanderstoop’s debut novel, Watershed, is a convincing prediction...
The Age of Phillis | Book Review

The Age of Phillis | Book Review

The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers ISBN: 978-0819579492 Wesleyan University Press, March 3, 2020 232 pages, hardback, $26.95 I first learned about Phillis Wheatley Peters when I saw her statue at the National Museum of African American History in Fall 2019....
The Power of Words | Book Review

The Power of Words | Book Review

Being Lolita by Alisson Wood ISBN: 9781250217219 Flatiron Books, Aug. 4, 2020 304 Pages, $26.99 Warnings for: emotional abuse, sexual abuse, abusive relationships This past fall, I read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita for the second time. Both times I’ve read it—both times...
The Big Door Prize | Book Review

The Big Door Prize | Book Review

The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh ISBN: 9780735218482 G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Sep. 8, 2020 384 Pages, $27.00 My first conversation with M.O. Walsh happened on the phone in 2017, me traveling in Uruguay, he working in New Orleans. The call dropped with a crazy...
Return to Tims Creek | Book Review

Return to Tims Creek | Book Review

If I Had Two Wings: Stories by Randall Kenan ISBN: 1324005467 Norton, Aug 4, 2020 224 Pages, $25.95 Like James Baldwin, Randall Kenan’s contribution to the world of letters is enhanced by the ways that his fiction and nonfiction come into rich dialogue with each...