Review of PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Review of PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Pull Me Under By Kelly Luce FSG. 2016.   Back when I taught English in Japan, the worst thing that happened to me was being denied entrance to a few restaurants. Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux), wasn’t so lucky. In this New York...
Review of DESOLATION OF AVENUES UNTOLD by Brandon Hobson

Review of DESOLATION OF AVENUES UNTOLD by Brandon Hobson

Desolation of Avenues Untold by Brandon Hobson Civil Coping Mechanisms. 2015. I’m probably not the intended audience for Desolation of Avenues Untold, by Brandon Hobson, though my experience of reading the book was singular. It’s a decidedly unusual work of fiction, a...
A Review of Blake Kimzey’s Families Among Us

A Review of Blake Kimzey’s Families Among Us

Families Among Us by Blake Kimzey Black Lawrence Press. 2014 Quirk is hard to do well. Magic realism and absurdist tropes can (and often do) serve as tools to avoid the exploration necessary to get inside characters’ heads. Because of this, I’m often on guard when I...
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