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Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Living in the Weather of the World by Richard Bausch

May 19, 2017 | Book Reviews | Permalink

This book made me reconsider the word “story”—not the definition of story but our experience of story in its ages-old form before it had the word “short” in front of it; before it was bound in hardcover and made eligible for awards. Before all that there was someone talking and someone, often many someones, listening. […]

Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo

March 14, 2017 | Book Reviews, Writing | Permalink

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders My rating: 5 of 5 stars Any writer can break the rules of our craft. If he does it poorly the resulting pieces remain at our feet and the confused reader is left to kick at them unsatisfied, like viewing the aftermath of an accident. But if the […]

Book Review: Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens

May 3, 2016 | Book Reviews | Permalink

Destiny would have it that when two people meet, especially when they are of disparate personalities and cultures as Lore and Franckline, the main characters created by Pamela Erens for her third novel, Eleven Hours, they have something to learn from each other. Perhaps there’s a need, a bit of karma they have to work […]

Writers to Read: Robert Vivian

November 11, 2015 | Book Reviews, Writing | Permalink

I’m going to tell you to read a book that’s not here yet. But it’s coming. In fact it’s quite close. At first I only sensed it out there somewhere, its wake pushing waves across an ocean and causing seawater to lap at my toes where I once stood on dry land. Now I see […]

Book Review: Water and Abandon

September 10, 2012 | Book Reviews | Permalink

Water and Abandon by Robert Vivian My rating: 4 of 5 stars Disclosure: The author of this book is a mentor and friend. (In fact, there’s a picture of us in the header of this blog.) But as someone who has closely read all of his novels I believe I can offer a clear-eyed take […]

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