Review of EVERYBODY’S SON by Thrity Umrigar

Review of EVERYBODY’S SON by Thrity Umrigar

Can we ever escape the consequences of an immoral action, even if we think some good will come out of it? Thrity Umrigar, a prominent Indian-American writer, a professor, a journalist, and a Nieman Fellowship recipient, narrates a tale, Everybody’s Son, in which an immoral and illegal act changes lives and makes us wonder whether justice and atonement will follow.

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Green Mountains Review, based at Northern Vermont University, is an annual, award-winning literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, interviews, and book reviews by both well-known writers and promising newcomers.

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Why Write? #12:  Edward Mullany

Why Write? #12: Edward Mullany

It seems fitting to conclude this season's Why Write? series as deftly as Daryl Scroggins began it. And who is more deft than Edward Mullany? Why Write?   An old woman tells the story of how, in her youth, she fell in love with a man who was not the man she would...

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Why Write? #11:  Suzanne Wise

Why Write? #11: Suzanne Wise

Alice Fulton has said of Suzanne Wise's work that "it bristles with the struggle to define and comprehend the absurd component of evil and despair." Here in her "Why Write?" piece she turns toward the "monastic devotion" that it takes to write, to look Reality...

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GMR Turns 25!

  We're thrilled to announce our upcoming 25th Anniversary Retrospective issue, out later this spring.  This issue will celebrate the very best poetry, interviews, and essays on poetry from the magazine’s first quarter-century. We’ll also have a special “Talk Back”...

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Why Write? #10: Vanessa Blakeslee

Why Write? #10: Vanessa Blakeslee

Fiction writer Vanessa Blakeslee's "Hospice of the Au Pair," from our Fall 2010 issue, introduces a powerful new voice in fiction. Here is the rare early writer who knows how to build compelling narrative, whose stories hit the ground running -- driven forth always by...

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Why Write? #9:  Anselm Berrigan

Why Write? #9: Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan digs irrelevance.  His most recent book, Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), excerpted at length in our spring 2011 issue, is a sixty-five page poem that grinds its way into that space where we become irrelevant even to ourselves, our desires...

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Why Write? #8: Jacob Paul

Why Write? #8: Jacob Paul

Novelist Jacob Paul's narrative gusto makes it easy to forget that he is essentially a meditative writer. Even as we're sped along by the meaty plot, exuberant comedy, and crackling dialogue, Paul's fluidly reflexive prose cycles us deeper and deeper into what can...

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Why Write? #7:  Tony Magistrale

Why Write? #7: Tony Magistrale

A poet of place and love, Tony Magistrale's poems have large arms in which to envelope his readers. The force of this love is sometimes poignant sometimes painful, but always just right. A poet with backbone and a real heart, now that's nice.   Why Write? The fine...

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Why Write? #6:  Laird Hunt

Why Write? #6: Laird Hunt

For this installment of Why Write?, novelist Laird Hunt goes global. Discussing his work with the UN; his summers in Hong Kong; the way the literary mind "bends" in Egypt, Nigeria, and elsewhere; Honda three-wheelers; Tycho Brahe; boilers; Rigborg Brockenhaus; Space...

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