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The Editor’s Shelf: Spring 2014

We asked our advisory editors what they’ve been reading this past year and their responses cover a wide expanse of modern literature. Here is what our editors recommend you read in 2014: B. H. Fairchild recommends Curvature of a Fluid … Continue reading

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Days in the History of Silence

Days in the History of Silence Merethe Lindstrom Other Press, August 2013 240 pages $14.95 Buy: book | ebook I’m not very familiar with Norwegian literature, so I can’t comment on whether Merethe Lindstrom’s Days in the History of Silence … Continue reading

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Orange Roses

Orange Roses Lucy Ives Ahsahta Press, September 2013 104 pages $18.00 With the proliferation of graduate programs in creative writing, the day approaches when most poetry published in the United States will have been written by people with graduate degrees … Continue reading

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Toscanelli’s Ray

This review was contributed by Roderick Vincent. Toscanelli’s Ray Wallis Wilde-Menozzi Cadmus Editions, April 2013 345 pages $16.95 Wallis Wilde-Menozzi lived in the U.S. and England before moving to Italy in 1981. Perhaps it is this confluence of international perspectives … Continue reading

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Figures for an Apocalypse

This review was contributed by Nathan McNamara. Figures for an Apocalypse Edward Mullany Publishing Genius Press, August 2013 198 pages $14.95 Edward Mullany, author of Figures for an Apocalypse, describes himself as a writer who creates short things that sometimes … Continue reading

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Pioneer Girl

Pioneer Girl Bich Minh Nguyen Viking Adult, February 2014 $26.95 304 pages Genre: literary mystery With reference to: Little House on the Prairie And: immigrant lit & ethnic lit And: restlessness vs. belonging Also: Manifest Destiny & Utopia Concerning: Lee … Continue reading

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This Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to Mercy Wiley Cash HarperCollins, January 2014 240 pages $25.99 In This Dark Road to Mercy, Wiley Cash has married the literary family drama to the dark heist comedy, drawing heavily on America’s pastimes: baseball, custody disputes, … Continue reading

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A Playlist for John Henry Fleming’s Songs for the Deaf

John Henry Fleming’s forthcoming story collection, Songs for the Deaf, is full of haunted characters: haunted by the deaths of loved ones, memories of lovers, knowledge of truth. The range of characters—aliens, bigfoot look-alikes, cloud readers, floating girls—lends itself to … Continue reading

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Some Day

Some Day Shemi Zarhin Trans. Yardenne Greenspan New Vessel Press, October 2013 $16.99 450 pages What: Epic family drama With lots of: Food Also: Lust, love, loss, and longing Where: Tiberias, by Israel’s Sea of Galilee When: 1969-1983 Concerning: Shlomi, … Continue reading

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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge

Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge Peter Orner Little, Brown and Co., August 2013 208 pages $25.00 This review was contributed by John Francisconi. The staff of The Paris Review recently took part in an AMA interview on Reddit, during … Continue reading

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