A Garden Fed by Lightning
Feb, 20 2017 | no responses
Infused with an element of the fantastical, many of the stories, initially appearing straightforward and grounded in reality, veer off into unexpected, outlandish territory, and, more often than not, characters are not what they seem.
The Rope Swing
Feb, 13 2017 | no responses
Nowhere is the tension between the “gift” and “test” of West Virginia more deftly drawn than Corcoran’s exploration of the lives of gay characters.
Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
Feb, 06 2017 | no responses
Jarrar’s characters are Muslims, mainly women, usually not living their lives in lockstep with the Quran, but feeling grounded in their religion and culture and home nonetheless.
Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down
Jan, 30 2017 | no responses
Valente writes with the ear of a poet and the inquisitive instinct of a journalist.
Jan, 23 2017 | no responses
Steven Dunn’s award-winning debut novel is a formally innovative, sonically distinctive work of art that offers its readers a rare glimpse into the lives of poor African Americans in West Virginia, where the novel’s narrator grows up.
A Collapse of Horses
Jan, 03 2017 | no responses
I was surprised to find that some of the stories in his most recent collection, A Collapse of Horses, really are quite funny, and funny in an unusual way.