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Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

104-year-old Aganetha Smart is a former (and fictional) Olympic athlete now alone and forgotten by history. When two young strangers appear and take Aganetha…

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This House Is Not For Sale by E.C. Osondu

E.C. Osondu’s This House is Not for Sale is a little novel (only 192 pages) that reads like a connected set of vignettes, each…

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Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

I love an offbeat read full of magical realism, and Of Things Gone Astray is exactly that. It reads along at a fast clip, with…

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Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

In her grief over her husband’s death, Millie’s mother abandons her 7-year-old in a department store and never returns. Millie soon meets 87-year-old Karl, who…

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I had been intending to read Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch for at least a year, but sadly, this chunkster sat on my shelf for…

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God Loves Haiti by Dimitry Elias Léger

A native of Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger makes his debut with his novel God Loves Haiti. Set in Port-au-Prince before, during, and after the 2010…

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Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce

It’s no secret that I love offbeat short story collections. Add Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals to the list. Many of these stories…

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What Is Found, What Is Lost by Anne Leigh Parrish

Last year I read and thoroughly enjoyed a collection of related short stories by Anne Leigh Parrish, Our Love Could Light the World [review]. I was…

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I enjoy a good apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic novel, and I love literary fiction. Station Eleven gave me both. A flu pandemic wipes out 99% of the…

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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Let me start out by commenting on the physical book itself. The Strange Library has thick pages and opens in an interesting way. The top…

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