“Oh my this novel is so gorgeous and moving. About matters of the heart, about war’s impact on not just nations but individuals over generations. About how families are knitted together and how they survive with heartbreak just around the corner. How solace can be found in nature. . . . This is one of those rare novels that quietly will not leave the reader alone and untouched. Just beautiful.”

Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Books (Northern California)

“Here is Emerson unleashed—caustic, brilliant, befuddled, wrangling with the living and the dead. Delights of language and character shine on every page of The Ice Harp as Emerson confronts his own humanity.”

Victoria Redel, author of Before Everything and Paradise

“Comical and brooding, enchanting and disturbing, The Impostor triggers a unique free fall into the unnerving craters of the mind.”

Laura Restrepo, author of Delirium and The Divine Boys

“In The Ice Harp, Norman Lock deftly takes us into the polyphonic swirl of Emerson’s mind at the end of his life, inviting us to meet the man anew even as the philosopher fights to stop forgetting himself. Who will I be when the words are gone, the great thinker wonders, and how will I know what is right? I gladly asked myself these same impossible questions on every page of this remarkably empathetic and deeply moral novel.”

Matt Bell, author of Appleseed and Refuse to Be Done

“Telles Ribeiro’s title novella is a tour de force that takes place simultaneously in the distant past and in the present, in a seamlessly fractured continuum of time. The second novella is a complex and breathtaking work, rich in feeling, an audacious, dazzling performance. By turns delicate and humorous, wrenching and melancholic, it lays bare the souls of its characters in a manner that I can only call Chekhovian. It is the work of a master.”

Jaime Manrique, author of Cervantes Street and Like This Afternoon Forever

“Krivak’s Homeric novel is at once intimate and sweeping, expanding an epic story set into motion in The Sojourn. Tenderly attentive to all that is given and taken by war, Like the Appearance of Horses is a graceful, heroic accomplishment that speaks to the costs of duty when violence is as constant as the Pennsylvania mountains that anchor and separate this indelible family we’ve come to know so personally.”

Asako Serizawa, author of Inheritors

“Norman Lock has created a memorable portrait gallery of American subjects, in a succession of audaciously imagined, wonderfully original, and beautifully written novels unlike anything in our literature.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Andrew Krivak charts a razor-fine line between war and peace, damnation and redemption, estrangement and love, and along the way gives us a gorgeously detailed portrait of an American family. Whether he’s writing about battle, the natural world, or the most private, searing matters of the heart, Krivak brings a rare mastery to the page, a synthesis of language and deep perception that delivers revelation after revelation. Like the Appearance of Horses is a major achievement.”

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

“Quirky, darkly humorous, a stunning translated work . . . with smart and nuanced characters.”

Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (Azusa, CA)

“Funny and sharp. . . . This posthumous collection of essays on coming of age as a heart transplant recipient exposes so much of the human condition from the perspective of a young woman wrestling with her mortality. Full of hope, this book is a lighthouse for those always seeking the best in people.”

Arvin Ramgoolam, Townie Books (Crested Butte, CO)

“Unsettling and masterful. . . . Distinctions between art and reality, truth and pretense, friend and foe all blur as the story builds to a true, powerful crescendo.”

Keith Mosman, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

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“Extending a successful run of genealogy-tracing sleuth novels, Eduardo Halfon . . . once again displays a knack for tugging at loose threads in shadowy, complex tapestries.”

Justin Walls, Bookshop.org

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“Offers as much unexpected, whirlwindish fun as its predecessor [From the Shadows]. Let No One Sleep is darkly funny, unabashedly weird, and charmingly playful.”

Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

“Inspiring and troubling.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“Moving beyond words. Reading this book will stir you; it will find you in your most tender place and open you to your own precious life.”

Kris Kleindienst, Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO) at Literary Hub

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“This people-first, intensely researched, deeply personal, and altogether devastating call to action tells us that when all else fails, volunteer.”

Booklist

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“Lovers of quirky, fantastical tales will delight in this offering from Madrid, Spain. . . . What a tale! . . . Grand translation by Thomas Bunstead.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

“An irresistibly alluring mix of autobiography and fiction. . . . Beyond his gorgeous prose, Halfon’s ongoing exploration of family, history, identity, legacy, and, herein, the reverberations of war and violence across generations, is utterly compelling and deeply evocative.”

Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

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“What a beautiful writer . . . Canción is another fine addition to Halfon’s search for identity.”

Melanie Fleishman, Center for Fiction Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)

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“A revealing look at war and its effect on families.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

“A stunning portrait of hardship, despair, and resilience.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Ponders the precariousness of life for the chronically ill and disabled [in] seven poignant autobiographical essays about living joyfully and looking for love in spite of chronic illness.”

Shelf Awareness

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“What fun! A book about theoretical physics (and related) that is both highly accessible AND funny.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

“Reflective and forthright. . . . Illustrating the complex experience of organ transplantation and chronic illness, the essays of Your Hearts, Your Scars . . . explore what it means to be alive, to have a body, and to come back from the brink of death.”

Foreword Reviews

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“[Talve-Goodman] transformed her physical limitations into an outward source of strength, and her vividly drawn essays effectively enlighten and educate. . . . Heartfelt and richly passionate.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“Crisp, unpretentious.”

DIAGRAM

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“Packs a punch. . . . A raw, deeply honest collection of writing that looks squarely at the hard stuff but also celebrates life.”

Book Riot

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“Talve-Goodman blends humor, humility and compassion so seamlessly, you can’t help but be captivated. The book reads like she is speaking to you.”

St. Louis Jewish Light

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“Memorable. . . . A strange and often transgressive exploration of art and intimacy.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“Another minimasterpiece by a master of the form.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“Compelling. . . . [Talve-Goodman] is a sharp observer, funny, grateful and very likeable. . . . Her essays will reverberate in many hearts.”

Hadassah Magazine

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“Exquisite. . . . A gorgeously rendered meditation on borderless identity, historical traumas and ongoing repercussions.”

Shelf Awareness (starred review)

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“What will impress readers are the narrator’s descriptions of life in Guatemala. . . . Those able to follow Halfon’s non-linear train of thought will have much to enjoy.”

The Reporter

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“An engrossing story of Jewish diaspora, secrets, and the multigenerational impacts of violence. . . . Dualities of beauty and horror, humor and darkness, and memory and truth all knock against each other to reveal the long-lasting effects of war, loss, and silence.”

Jewish Book Council

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Canción brings us into the violence of 1960s Guatemala, not only through the violence of rebels and the government, but through the eyes of a family entwined in the midst of it all.”

North of Oxford

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“Masterly. . . . A disquieting fantasy of the Kafkian variety.”

Library Journal

“At its core, Halfon’s work is elegiac. . . . Canción portrays the surprises the mind gives as gifts to itself when it is free to speculate and uncover the linkages obscured by grief and time itself.”

On the Seawall

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“Nicely layered and twisted.”

Complete Review

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“Gripping. . . . Lisa Dillman and Daniel Hahn’s translation, completed in consultation with Halfon, gracefully calls attention to Halfon’s insightful depiction of an identity-forming journey.”

Asymptote

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“Wonderfully absurd.”

Litro Magazine

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“Deftly blurs the line between reality and the absurd. . . . Coincidences are plentiful and may remind American readers of Paul Auster’s mode. Millás tips his cap to his Latin American literary cousins in his fantastical denouement in which he returns to a scene akin to the punishment of Prometheus.”

On the Seawall

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“Extraordinary. . . . Establish[es] an affinity between fiction and autobiography that unsettles generic divisions.”

World Literature Today

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“Adina’s writing is incisive and inventive. The energy coursing through her prose is positively contagious. This is not a book to be missed!”

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Bellevue Literary Review and author of When We Do Harm

“In this accessible and beautifully written book, Danielsson argues for views diametrically opposite to mine on the nature of intelligence, consciousness, and physical reality—I highly recommend it!”

Max Tegmark, author of Our Mathematical Universe and Life 3.0: Being Human In the Age of Artificial Intelligence

“Everything impresses in this darkly iridescent, utterly captivating flight.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Your Hearts, Your Scars tells of hearts broken and whole, hearts always shared—by families, by lovers, by transplant recipients and their donors. The book’s incisions expose all these beating hearts and the hearts of Adina’s reading public, who can only imagine what this visionary artist would have created next.”

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, author of Narrative Medicine and The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

“Danielsson displays a remarkably broad understanding of science and philosophy, and dispenses with false notions about the world in this brief, yet provocative book. I hope it stimulates lots of discussion and debate, as it should. For those who have thought about these issues, there is much of interest here. For those who haven’t, this is a great place to start.”

Lawrence M. Krauss, author of A Universe from Nothing and The Known Unknowns

“Dana Sachs chronicles what happened in Greece when Middle Eastern refugees and volunteers from around the world converged, imperfectly, often chaotically, but with empathy and generosity in ways that mattered and ways that moved me. Sometimes these impromptu communities fail in the end, but the fact that they succeeded for a time, against the odds, can teach us important lessons.”

Rebecca Solnit, author of Hope in the Dark and Orwell’s Roses

“This book is so full of life that it’s hard to believe the amazing young woman who wrote it is no longer walking among us. Adina has left an indelible mark on this world. Her extraordinary gifts, her irrepressible spirit, live on.”

Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance and Signal Fires

“Danielsson is Sweden’s most important public writer on the implications of natural science. His lucid, powerful, passionate, and engaging work advances original arguments of great importance. The World Itself is destined to become a modern classic as it upends many of the received wisdoms about the scientific worldview.”

Martin Hägglund, author of This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

“Dana Sachs’s vivid, passionate book will shake any faith you once had in international aid organizations. But it will move and inspire you, and bring a lump to your throat, by its portraits of big-hearted women and men from many countries who jumped in to help fellow human beings caught up in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time.”

Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost and To End All Wars

“Adina Talve-Goodman walked a tightrope, for much of her thirty-one years, between life and death. Perhaps for this reason, Adina embodied life more than any person I’ve ever met. She lit up rooms with pure joy and kindness and, although this phrase is often overused, to know Adina was to love her. I’m grateful this beautiful book exists, so everyone else can know her, too. Adina was a brilliant writer, and these pages are imbued with her exuberance, her sharp humor, and both versions of her spectacular heart.”

Ann Napolitano, author of A Good Hard Look and Dear Edward

The World Itself offers a bold perspective on mathematics, physics, and the nature of reality. There’s much I agree with and less that I don’t, but Ulf Danielsson, a leading theoretical physicist, proves himself an insightful and patient guide through some of the universe’s deepest mysteries.”

Brian Greene, author of The Fabric of the Cosmos and Until the End of Time

“The narrative of Canción unfolds in an elusive middle ground where heritage becomes porous. . . . [Halfon’s] métier is family: the way we are shaped by it and the way we push back on or move beyond it; how it both supports and limits us. . . . We are who we imagine we are, in other words, which is the faith that sits at the heart of family and literature.”

Los Angeles Times

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“An urgent, deeply researched, and tender account of the helpers: refugee crisis volunteers (often formerly displaced) who arrive when those responsible for the chaos have turned their backs. Vital, and often infuriating, it is at once global in scale and absolutely singular. This is a story about the drive to nurture and care for our fellow humans, one that stirs us all.”

Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee

“A simply riveting read by Norman Lock—an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that fully engages the reader from first page to last.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Lock’s lyrical prose encompasses themes ranging from American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny to racism.”

Historical Novels Review

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“Lock captures the strong personalities of Whitman and Alcott without glossing over their flaws in this fascinating snapshot of history.”

Library Journal

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“There is something Bolañoesque about Halfon’s fictions, the way art and violence conspire to distort mythologies both personal and national. . . . The detective novel rubs elbows with the campus novel; tragedy cuts like acid through farce.”

New York Times Book Review

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“There are some mind-bending ideas and the philosophical reflections on math and physics are stimulating. . . . This pensive take on physics has much to offer.”

Publishers Weekly

“Immersive. . . . Lock’s uncanny gift for reproducing the literary voices of his narrators goes beyond mere pastiche. This insightful double portrait brings both Whitman and Alcott into sharp focus.”

Publishers Weekly

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“A twin tale of two literary luminaries. . . . Lock’s deep knowledge of the time period is evident throughout, his research impeccable, his prose iridescent.”

Booklist

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“A stunning historical novel that brings history and literature together to share a singular perspective on the Civil War.”

Foreword Reviews

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“Danielsson takes readers on an odyssey through the width and depth of his field, and it is truly a fascinating journey. Touching on subjects as diverse as evolutionary biology, philosophy, and even popular culture, Danielsson makes his topics both appreciably substantial and approachable.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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“Gripping. . . . Distinctive. . . . A haunting novel that offers candid portraits of literary legends.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“A unique look at the Civil War. . . . Through his characters’ struggles, Lock ably portrays the concerns of that day—prejudice, the strength of the Union, and America’s position in the world—which still exist in this one.”

Washington Independent Review of Books

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“This is fiction of a high caliber. . . . Voices in the Dead House is on the cutting edge of history, providing us with a way to grapple with our evolving sense of the past, as we wonder what is next.”

New York Sun

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“Engrossing. . . . Danielsson’s clarity of thought and expression and his use of illuminating literary and historical references are equal to the quality of his writing. Science ‘popularizing’ doesn’t get much more comprehensible, or provocative, than this.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Benefit is a playful, inventive, and urbane coming-of-almost-middle-age novel that reveals Phillips’ acute eye for understanding insincerity and facetiousness in elite spaces.”

Sophia Hardin, Third Place Books Ravenna (Seattle, WA)

“Nine short stories about Iran’s recent traumas, from the 1953 coup to the Iran-Iraq war. . . . Atmospheric and haunting, Mandanipour deftly incorporates magical realism through the use of animals in his unforgettable appraisal of the human condition.”

Somerville Public Library

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“Frederic Tuten’s stories are filled with art, dreams, yearning, and a past that he captures beautifully and deftly and then lets go. The Bar at Twilight is a wonderful, evocative collection.”

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings and The Female Persuasion

“The music of Tuten’s prose speaks to my heart. His inimitable, imaginative, witty, romantic stories continue to haunt me.”

David Gilbert, author of The Normals and & Sons

“Highlight[s] the toxicity and ethical gaps that underlie much of modern academia and philanthropy . . . with striking social commentary.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Masculinity, filtered through a variety of repressive state and societal apparatuses is on full display. . . . [Mandanipour] offers tiny glimpses of redemption but this is mostly a leopard eat stray dog world. Highly recommended.”

Douglas Riggs, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)

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“Incisive. . . . Pulls back the veil on university hierarchies and social privilege.”

Publishers Weekly

“A smart, thoughtful read.”

Library Journal

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“Smart and dynamic stories. . . . Textured, intricate, and thought-provoking with a touch of mystery and a pinch of poetry—just what I like from a story collection!”

Serena Morales, Books Are Magic (Brooklyn, NY)

“Showcase[s] the deep desire to connect.”

Foreword Reviews

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“Phillips’s assured debut novel blends a complex journey of personal realizations with insights into the dark side of ambition and power.”

Booklist

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“Vivid. . . . Each of the stories evokes a primal emotional response in some way or another, which makes this a fascinating read.”

Stuart McCommon, novel. (Memphis, TN)

“A remarkable writer. . . . At once beautiful and horrific, Mandanipour’s tales reveal a people with dreams, fears and hopes; a culture that is ancient yet struggling to be a part of today’s world.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

Benefit is a fascinating novel—both a portrait of an industrial empire and revelatory about the elitist greed that often shadows philanthropy. It is also an unnerving glimpse into the impoverishment of academia, as scholars compete for part-time work and paltry salaries.”

Foreword Reviews

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“[An] intricately structured novel that will appeal to readers interested in peering through the window of this rarified world.”

Portland Book Review

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“An important satire looking at the world of foundations and fellowships in academia.”

Book Riot

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“Heartfelt. . . . No matter whether Tuten is chronicling the creative or romantic lives of his characters, he renders their struggles with a sense of hope.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Offers a way to navigate deprivation and privilege in the modern world. . . . Benefit is an exercise of the mind, a delight for the senses, and a cleansing of the intellect.”

Antithesis

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Benefit is a fascinating twist on the typical campus novel. While most such novels acknowledge the presence of rigorous hierarchies in academia, Phillips adds a sophisticated and intensely sharp critique of how capitalism has weaponized the system of meritocracy.”

On the Seawall

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“[A] telling debut novel of money, power, and friendship. It exposes the hypocrisy of the byzantine inner workings of the reward system of cutthroat academic politics, the fraudulent patina of family-run foundations, and the bitter consequences of toxic relationships.”

World Literature Today

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“Siobhan Phillips’s portrait of a stalled would-be academic is thrillingly intimate and ambitious in its scope, evoking at turns Rachel Cusk, Lynn Steger Strong’s Want, and Christine Smallwood’s The Life of the Mind. Deadpan and dread-filled, shadowed by the specters of war and late capitalism, Benefit probes both the futility and necessity of intellectual work, all in the wry, wise voice of an uncommonly clear-eyed friend.”

Jessica Winter, author of Break in Case of Emergency and The Fourth Child

“Altogether subversive. . . . [Mandanipour is] a skilled storyteller with a bent for the quietly macabre and the burdens of those crushed by totalitarian rule.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“Heady and elegant. . . . The work of a gifted, resourceful writer: an old master.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The subtlety of [Tuten’s] storytelling is wonderful.”

North of Oxford

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“Do you enjoy your short fiction with a heady dose of art and absurdism? Frederic Tuten’s globe-trotting new collection offers plenty of both, providing a dizzying array of locales and imagery that ventures to unexpected places.”

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

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“Scintillating. . . . Tuten dazzles like the best of Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, and George Saunders. Here, with The Bar at Twilight, he is at the pinnacle of his craft.”

On the Seawall

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“Tuten has managed to reinvent himself in one stylistically daring work after another. . . . The Bar at Twilight is a sumptuous compendium of fables, pastiches, and stories in late style, all of them trussed up in a distinctively earthy, image-obsessed prose. At once riotous and soulful, saturated by a gentle, well-traveled tristesse, the stories feel both strikingly familiar and markedly fresh.”

Cleveland Review of Books

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“Subtly exultant. . . . The Bar at Twilight solidifies [Tuten’s] reputation as a distinctive, if overlooked, practitioner of literary art.”

East Hampton Star

“Intoxicating.”

New York Magazine

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“Tuten’s language is supple, elegant, and wonderfully descriptive. He is also very funny.”

Los Angeles Review of Books

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The Bar at Twilight is [Tuten’s] showcase, revisiting every strand of his bibliography with the benefit of hindsight and at the peak of his powers. . . . [It] is outgoing, lived-in, and gregarious. The word for this is generous.”

Bookforum

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“A compelling novel about friendship, education, and purpose, all illustrated through a cast of flawlessly realized characters.”

Susan Perabo, author of Why They Run the Way They Do and The Fall of Lisa Bellow

“Dostoyevskian in their density and black humor, Mandanipour’s stories capture the Iranian experience of constant upheaval in a brilliant translation that allows the English-speaking world to experience this gem of Iranian literature.”

Booklist

“A smart, razor-sharp exploration of the precarious island of academic life and the cold unforgiving waters that surround it.”

Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Weather

“Engrossing. . . . Tuten’s prose is always vital, often dazzling. . . . The Bar at Twilight is neither normative nor predictable, and it bears the firm impress of the soul.”

New York Times Book Review

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Seasons of Purgatory is a stunning collection of stories about Iran’s traditions, its violent recent history, and how the memory of both influences daily life.”

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

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“While the turmoil and danger of everyday life in Iran are the backdrop, Mandanipour focuses on the personal struggles of the characters and their hardscrabble lives. . . . These haunting, urgent works are as nuanced and provocative as the lives they depict.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“A scorchingly beautiful collection in elegant, icepick-sharp prose.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“A must read for lovers of the short story.”

North of Oxford

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“Stunning. . . . Deserves a much wider readership.”

Literary Hub

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“Rich with enigma, asking to be read, then read again.”

Full Stop

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“Mandanipour respects his reader by esteeming resonance over facile moralism or plot-shock. . . . The psyche in his stories gnaws at an actual world and eludes purgatory for the moment by giving that world an obsessively resonant sound, rendered with a keen ear for urgency and strife by translator Sara Khalili.”

On the Seawall

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“Enchanting, unnerving, and resonant. . . . The prose is beautiful, the characters feel real, and the situations they find themselves in are haunting.”

Shelf Unbound

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“Each mesmerizing story . . . put[s] us into a state of disequilibrium in a way that highlights the complexities of the human experience in the fallout of war and revolution.”

Litro Magazine

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“Bewitching and disorienting. . . . Mandanipour has been compared to Milan Kundera and to the artist M.C. Escher for the way his fictions require the reader to put them together like a puzzle. . . . The stories in Seasons of Purgatory are stunning.”

Washington Independent Review of Books

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“Read[s] like dispatches from the front. . . . [Mandanipour] sifts through military conflict, the repression of women, the forbidden graves of the state-executed, and the shattered minds of children. Storytelling and remembering are subversive acts when power benefits from forgetting.”

Los Angeles Review of Books

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“Cause for celebration. . . . Mandanipour provides readers with a vivid and idiosyncratic map of [Iran’s] people and places, effortlessly translated by Sara Khalili whose close collaboration with the author is palpable on every gleaming, blade-sharp page.”

Chicago Review of Books

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“A hauntingly nuanced and provocatively impressive collection.”

World Literature Today

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“Mandanipour served as a frontline officer in the Iran-Iraq war: a writer’s baptism of fire whose flames light up several stories here. . . . Seasons of Purgatory unites storytelling subtlety with scenes of visceral emotional impact.”

Wall Street Journal

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“Reduced to stereotypes of the fragile female mind by narcissistic psychiatrists, [the women’s] inner lives reclaim a new, fuller form in this remarkable book.”

Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

“Gifted violinist and insightful author Natalie Hodges asks some of the most interesting questions I’ve come across in a long while. . . . She manages to explore these matters while weaving in her own experiences with performance anxiety, the pressures of ambition, and difficult family dynamics.”

Rebecca Traver, Paradise Found (Santa Barbara, CA)

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“My words cannot do this novel justice. What Casey has written is lyrical beauty. . . . Each page teems with the emotional release these women were denied; each page is brilliant ecstasy.”

Nikole Lotton, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

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“A literary triumph that explores time, consciousness, and her own story, Natalie Hodges’s debut left me spellbound.”

Keith Mosman, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

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Uncommon Measure is a memoir like no other, and I think it is great for someone’s first memoir or their fiftieth.”

Patrick, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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“[A] remarkable memoir of a young violinist’s struggle with performance anxiety, her exploration of music and the science of time, and her path towards creating a life that includes her love of music, even if it doesn’t look the way she originally imagined. . . . I can’t wait for more people to have the transformative experience of reading Uncommon Measure!”

Laura Mills, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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Uncommon Measure reveals the difficulty of being a concert violinist with severe stage fright. . . . [A] very, very good book.”

Roxanne Laney, Arts & Letters Bookstore (Granbury, TX)

“Casey who, in giving [women diagnosed with hysteria] voices and endowing them with a skilled novelist’s lyrical, rhythmic language . . . shows that this 19th-century malady exists on a continuum with martyred saints, burned witches, and today’s chronic fatigue patients.”

Laurie Greer, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

“Toma writes beautifully. [Look at Us] is warts-and-all, dark, and unsettling.”

Carol Ann Tack, Merrick Library (Merrick, NY)

“A stinging yet lyrically sensual feminist exploration. . . . Casey delivers a fascinating historical look at female mental health treatment of long ago—complete with medical documents and illustrations.”

Melanie Fleishman, Center for Fiction Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)

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“[Hodges is] a writer with a breathless sense of wonder and a firm commitment to her arts, both literary and musical.”

Grace Harper, Mac’s Backs (Cleveland Heights, OH)

“Captivating. . . . [Look at Us] looks at the inner working of a marriage and the things that threaten it, including sexual frustrations that can crop up in a monogamous relationship. The ending is unsettling and memorable.”

Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (Azusa, CA)

“This literary novel will appeal to folks who like it a little steamy.”

Booklist

“I thoroughly enjoyed falling into this memoir of life as a gifted, aspiring violinist and her fascination with the science behind the music.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

“An innovative novel. . . . Soaringly lyrical.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Lyrical. . . . Through thorough research and a cutting pen, Casey elevates these women back to their deserved place in history, bringing to life those who were reduced to mere photographs.”

Booklist

“Riveting. . . . Toma is excellent at looking intensely below the superficial and the unspoken, and his lucid style and cool tone add power to the story. The twists and turns of this contemporary morality play will have readers engrossed.”

Publishers Weekly

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“With acute empathy . . . Casey masterfully magnifies the stories of ‘incurable’ women in Paris’s 19th-century Salpêtrière hospital.”

Shelf Awareness

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“To say that American Follies involves Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feast Day of the Cannibals involves Herman Melville, and The Wreckage of Eden involves Emily Dickinson makes for an accurate statement that nevertheless fails utterly to convey the unfettered imagination and narrative energy that drives each novel. In the series’ eighth novel, Tooth of the Covenant, Lock explores the weight of familial legacy, the intersection of individuals with their eras, and the power of storytelling. . . . Lock’s clever voice, shapely prose and shrewd observations help lighten the story’s mood, and the novel’s look at intolerance couldn’t be more timely.”

Society Nineteen

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“Enlightening. . . . Casey’s rich imaginative leaps make for tantalizing and affecting portraits. [City of Incurable Women] defies convention and revels in searing, gorgeous language.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“An evocative blend of fiction and nonfiction spirited with emotional power and historic significance. . . . Casey has written a triumphant homage to the women of Paris’s Salpêtrière asylum, and her fellow incurables everywhere.”

Longest Chapter

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“Casey’s subtle braiding of suffering and strength is the beating heart of this extraordinary work of imagination. . . . These ‘incurable women’ create complex selves always in motion—full of pain but also power, pleasure, and above all mystery.”

On the Seawall

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“Approaches psychological boundaries with a boldness and variety rarely seen in contemporary fiction.”

Review Americana

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“Investigational and piercing. . . . [Casey] dismantles the facade of cold, medical logic and its dehumanization of women while also creating beautiful poetry.”

San Francisco Book Review

“Sensual, terrifying, humorous, and absurd, [City of Incurable Women] portrays many incurable things—namely, the human spirit.”

BOMB Magazine

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“Casey’s dedication reads ‘for my fellow incurables’ and this short, enchantingly strange book feels animated by compassion.”

Star Tribune

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“Hodges is a new, valuable voice in the world of music making and music writing. She moves with elegance from her own experience as a violinist to the scientific underpinnings of her subject: from math, physics, and neurology to quantum mechanics, biology, and entanglement theory. Uncommon Measure is a welcome debut from a wonderfully talented writer.”

Annik LaFarge, author of Chasing Chopin

“[City of Incurable Women] is poetic rather than polemic, elegantly written and filled with resonant imagery. . . . Affirmative and inspiring, a powerful demonstration of Maud Casey’s artistry.”

Boston Globe

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“[Look at Us] is frank and unflinching about desire, sexual dysfunction and the gulfs that can separate even the most intimate of partners. . . . A daring effort.”

New York Times Book Review

“An amazing book.”

Héctor Tobar, Alta Journal

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“In exquisite prose, Casey has built a city inside a book, a city that is a hospital, a museum, a dance, a body in ecstasy just outside the frame. On every page of this achingly beautiful book, Casey brings a wise and feral attention to the so-called incurables of the ‘era of soul science’—Augustine, Louise, Marie, Geneviève, and a chorus of nameless others singing their private beginnings and public ends.”

Danielle Dutton, author of SPRAWL and Margaret the First

“There is not a sentence in Hodges’s Uncommon Measure that does not illumine, not a single insight that doesn’t lead on to a still greater one, not a moment that does not open us to wonder. In searching and visionary prose, Hodges comes close to creating a new language, one of continual questioning and delight. This is an exquisite book to be read and reread, a treasure.”

Richard Hoffman, author of Half the House and Love & Fury

“This book holds truths of all kinds—private, studied, euphoric, libidinal, and unbecoming—each one a revelation.”

Jackie Polzin, author of Brood

“The novel’s somber exploration of American cruelty and religious intolerance is balanced by its nimble prose, sly wit, and engaging glimpse of a literary figure. Lock’s latest ambitious look at America’s history will delight fans of the series and earn new converts.”

Publishers Weekly

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Uncommon Measure is astonishingly assured and inventive. Mixing personal reflection, reportage, literary criticism, music theory, neurology, even evolutionary studies, Hodges has pulled off something singular and wonderful. From the first page to the last, the book rides on the high wire of Hodges’s virtuosic voice. It is shot through with a sinuous, luminous energy.”

Darcy Frey, author of The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams 

“I would follow Maud Casey anywhere. In City of Incurable Women, she has given us her best work yet. This is a song for the forgotten, full of voices that will stay with you and guide you—an astonishing portrayal of rage and hope. What a glorious work of art and what a true gift to us.”

Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters and Run Me to Earth

Look at Us is a scrupulous dissection of a contemporary marriage in mortal peril. It’s also a wild ride of a novel, gorgeously written, by turns comic, lyrical, elegiac, disturbing, and profound. I couldn’t put it down until the startling conclusion, which arrived with such force I gasped. What a vision! Intense and chilling. Not to be missed.”

Valerie Martin, author of Property and I Give It to You

“Dark and funny. . . . [Iossel’s stories] provide an insider’s take on what it’s like to survive in a terrifying yet absurd reality.”

Sharon Weinberg, Chatham Bookstore (Chatham, NY) on WAMC The Roundtable

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“A reflective and subtly poignant look at Nathaniel Hawthorne. . . . Lock displays a nimble virtuosity as he captures the speech of the time while demonstrating how the implicit bias, bigotry, and hypocrisy of Puritanism became the cancel culture of its day.”

Booklist

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“Iossel is a genius, a comic visionary in the tradition of Gogol, Keret, Barthelme, and Saunders. Love Like Water, Love Like Fire is a book of surprises and delights.”

Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Florence Gordon

“Natalie Hodges is a musician with a poet’s soul and a writer with a musician’s heart. Her prose partita, Uncommon Measure, is an extraordinary translation of music, devotion, and sorrow into the literary, recounting her relinquishment of a performance career and her continued love of music. In these pages, if no longer on the stage, she is brilliantly making us hear.”

Susan Faludi, author of Backlash and In the Darkroom

City of Incurable Women is a brilliant exploration of the type of female bodily and psychic pain once commonly diagnosed as hysteria—and the curiously hysterical response to it commonly exhibited by medical men. It is a novel of powerful originality, riveting historical interest, and haunting lyrical beauty.”

Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend and What Are You Going Through

“Into the lives of a quiet upper-class professional family in Manhattan comes a new nanny, young Maeve from Ireland: suddenly the air is charged with erotic intensity. The mildness was all illusion: soon our central characters are all wreaking heavy damage upon one another. Toma draws his world with Cheeverian nuance and flair; he’s deeply insightful about the new American culture of ‘watchers’—but to me his greatest skill is his ability to summon pure terror.”

George Dawes Green, author of The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens

“A distinctive and ambitious foray into literary history.”

Kirkus Reviews

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Love Like Water, Love Like Fire is an extraordinary book: funny and profound, moving and provocative. Rarely has life in the former USSR (or anywhere, for that matter) been portrayed with such a rich admixture of soaring observation and finely rendered detail. This is a gorgeously constructed collection by one of our wittiest and most insightful writers.”

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

“Bold and imaginative. . . . Probing into the dark corners of fear, guilt, and morality, Lock produces something unexpected.”

Fine Books Magazine

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“Splendid. . . . Lock masters the interplay between nineteenth-century Hawthorne and his fictional surrogate, Isaac, as he travels through Puritan New England. The historical details are immersive and meticulous.”

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

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“Replete with an erudite wit and eloquent wisdom, Love Like Water, Love Like Fire is an extraordinary, thoughtful, and thought-provoking read.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Poignant. . . . [Uncommon Measure] makes a valuable contribution to the ever-expanding universe of works addressing science and music.”

Library Journal

“[An] engaging collection. . . . While many stories illuminate the absurdity of Soviet society, Iossel conveys the brutal oppression of the surveillance state most intensely, and hauntingly, in the title story.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“A dazzling look at memory and the universe. . . . Hodges ponders these puzzles with intellectual depth, unique perspectives, and an artistic, eloquent, and inspiring voice.”

Booklist

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“Hanlon lovingly explores her own stretch of the New England coast and delivers it to the reader through sun and snow. A treat.”

Amy Van Keuren, Charter Books (Newport, RI)

“Exquisitely written.”

Vicky Titcomb, Titcomb’s Bookshop (East Sandwich, MA)

“Bridge[s] the time-space continuum in musical terms. . . . A book to savor.”

Shelf Awareness (starred review)

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“A masterful debut memoir from a classical violinist that covers far more than just music. . . . [Hodges’s] writing is deeply intelligent and exquisitely personal, expertly balancing emotional vulnerability with trenchant analysis, and her lyrical prose and clarity of thought render each page a pleasure to read.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“[A] vibrant collection. . . . With an ear for the clumsiness of Russian bureaucratic nomenclature, an eye for Kafkaesque humiliations, and a heart that embraces all the paradoxes of being a Soviet Jew, Iossel casts a spell over the reader. Reading like Sholem Aleichem updated by Bruce Jay Friedman, these stories reflect the exciting evolution of Russian Jewish literature.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Thoughtful and satisfying.”

Christie Olson Day, Gallery Bookshop (Mendocino, CA)

“Iossel brings his warm, gently ironic authorial voice to bear on the cruel and often surreal lives of Jews in the Soviet Union. . . . ‘There is love like fire, and there is love like water,’ say the Hasidic masters, and Iossel’s collection explores that dichotomy.”

Jewish Book Council

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“A splendid read.”

Viana Martinez, Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA)

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“An expertly written set of stories, often brimming with dark humor, offering many vantage points from which to consider the Soviet experience, and the particular burdens it placed on Jews.”

J. The Jewish News of Northern California

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“Brilliant. . . . [Iossel] has created a style that is as intriguing and richly suggestive as that of his predecessor, Vladimir Nabokov.”

Canberra Times

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“[Iossel’s] lens is honest and compassionate. If there’s one takeaway from Love Like Water, Love Like Fire, it’s that this compassion may be necessary today more than ever.”

Winnipeg Free Press

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“Iossel is an exception among the writers of his generation. . . . Full of subtle irony and macabre humor, his prose makes such skillful use of American colloquialism that it is as though these stories take place in some fictional Soviet-America.”

TLS

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“Very funny. . . . In Love like Water, Love like Fire, jokes point to the absurdities and logical contradictions in everyday life. . . . There is something refreshing about Iossel’s willingness to maintain his sense of irony, even about such intractable subjects as anti-Semitism, the ghastliness of Soviet bureaucracy, or the irreconcilability of death with human happiness.”

Literary Review of Canada

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“A beautiful, lyrical book.”

Becky Doherty, Northshire Bookstore (Manchester Center, VT and Saratoga Springs, NY)

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“The former USSR continues to cast a long shadow on our current affairs, but Mikhail Iossel brings a fresh eye to the region. . . . Engaging equally with the absurdity and brutality of life in a repressive regime, [Love Like Water, Love Like Fire is] perfect for fans of Gogol and George Saunders alike.”

Chicago Review of Books

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“Korean American violinist Hodges debuts with a literary mosaic of invention, inquiry, and wonder that interrogates classical music, quantum entanglement, the Tiger Mother stereotype, and the fluidity of time. . . . In restrained yet lyrical prose, Hodges . . . offer[s] a luminous meditation on the ways in which art, freedom, and identity intertwine. This impresses at every turn.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“With carefully wrought lyricism, Hodges provides music history and mature insight.”

Martha Anne Toll, Electric Literature

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Uncommon Measure is a memoir in essays, but twists the genre by infusing it with neuroscience, physics and intoxicating descriptions of music. . . . Relatable and elegant. . . . An enchanting look into the world of classical music and beyond.”

Hana Zittel, Birdy magazine

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“This is one those rare books that inspires one to go back time and again to re-read a sentence simply because of the elegance and penetrating insight with which it is written. . . . Unputdownable.”

Julian Haylock, The Strad

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“Hanlon has written a charming and fun account of her days swimming in and about a salt marsh and has also fashioned a beautiful, contemplative piece of nature writing.”

Toby Cox, Three Lives & Company (New York, NY)

“Hodges considers the elemental truth pulsating beneath our experience of music and of our very lives.”

Maria Popova, Marginalian

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“[Uncommon Measure] will resonate with both music and science lovers alike, who will appreciate the bridges Hodges draws between scientific disciplines, music theory and her life.”

Shi En Kim, Smithsoniam Magazine

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“Incandescent.”

Kat Chow, New York Times Book Review

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“Harrowing, hilarious, dark, and devastating. . . . Iossel’s sentences twist the reader through the illogical forces of dictatorship, childhood, puberty, survival, and writing angsty poetry in a communist regime.”

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“Uncommon and genre-defying.”

Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times

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“Hodges undertakes a captivating study of the science of time—physics and music—in this very special memoir that defies categorization.”

NPR

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“What distinguishes Iossel as a writer, aside from his obvious talent for atmospheric dramedy, is his lucid, musical prose style. . . . Iossel’s marvelous sense of rhythm dazzles the reader. We can’t stop turning the pages of this book.”

New York Times Book Review

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“[Hanlon] is as skilled at demystifying complex scientific concepts as she is in portraying gold-spangled waterline sunsets and muted winter compositions of marsh grasses. The whole is enriched with personal reflections on raising a family, aging, and the changing nature of marriage.”

Foreword Reviews

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“Graceful in its descriptive power. . . . Hanlon understands how our moral imagination exerts a profound influence on our thoughts, attitudes, and actions. . . . [Her] observations are as gently propulsive as the rhythmic stroke of a swim fin.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“In her charming debut . . . [Hanlon] turns the quotidian details of marriage and family life into a lyrical investigation of ‘something bigger and more complex than oneself.’ . . . Merging leisurely seaside adventure with ecological sensibilities, Hanlon delivers a lyrical ode to a changing environment.”

Publishers Weekly

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“A captivating, adroit climate dispatch from Gloucester, Mass. that views the crisis of global warming through a local lens.”

Cleaver Magazine

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“Incredible. . . . Jerome Charyn is a great writer.”

Matt Tannenbaum, The Bookstore (Lenox, MA) on WAMC The Roundtable

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“Hanlon, in a year of swimming her way through marshes, across tidal rivers and sculpted granite quarries unique to Cape Ann, observes with a remarkably steady gaze all the world has to offer—the beauty and losses both. In clear, spare prose and fine-tuned observation, she takes you on a journey you won’t soon forget.”

Tim Traver, author of Sippewissett: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh and Fly Fishing and Conservation in Vermont

“There is nothing quite so wonderful as slipping into a creek and letting it carry you upstream until the tide imperceptibly turns and carries you back out toward the ocean. It is doubly wonderful to discover someone who describes this experience with such love, lyricism, and scientific curiosity. Let Hanlon be your guide to this world.”

William Sargent, author of The House on Ipswich Marsh and Plum Island: 4,000 Years on a Barrier Beach

“Hanlon’s narrative—spare and serene—flows to the rhythms of rising and falling water. Her account, rooted in the particular—nose level in a saltwater creek under the cerulean skies of an idyllic summer, or in icy slush on a dark winter night—is a timely call to consider the tragedies and possibilities of our moment.”

Deborah Cramer, author of Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World and The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

“Written with a swimmer’s spirit, a naturalist’s eye, and an ecologist’s heart, this book took me to places I have never been. I loved it!”

Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer and Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart

Sergeant Salinger is a gift for anyone who would like to know more about the author who made Holden Caulfield a classroom name. . . . If you feel about Salinger as I do, I hope you will visit the pages of this insightful novel if for no other reason than to enjoy a great story.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

“Like Wendell Berry and Rachel Carson, Hanlon is a true poet-ecologist, sharing in exquisitely resonant prose her patient observations of nature’s most intimate details. As she and her husband, through summer and snow, swim their local creeks and estuaries, we marvel at the timeless yet fragile terrain of both marshlands and marriage. This is the book to awaken all of us, right now, to how our coastline is changing and what it means for our future.”

Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and A House Among the Trees

“An in depth look at one of our most celebrated of writers. . . . Charyn answers the question of how it was meant to be for Salinger to write that novel that unwittingly summoned the world.”

Comics Grinder

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“Charyn peers into the traumas that formed the lifelong recluse and his enigmatic stories. . . . The whole story makes for an engaging and informative rendering of an important American author.”

Historical Novels Review

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“Nuanced and acutely perceptive. . . . Charyn offers an astute psychological portrait of an elusive yet vastly compelling subject.”

Booklist

“Charyn deftly leaves the reader wondering whether Holden Caulfield’s teenage angst was really Salinger’s personification of post-traumatic stress disorder. . . . Engrossing.”

Library Journal

“This supremely engaging novel leaves us with a new, sometimes heart-rending understanding of [J.D. Salinger] and the times in which he came of age.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“Intense and absorbing.”

The Reporter

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“Charyn wisely avoids the biographical novel’s penchant for the blow-by-blow, scene-by-scene recounting of all the important moments in the subject’s life. Instead we are immersed in the immediacy of war as Salinger . . . has to psyche out the phonies and somehow remain true to himself.”

University Bookman

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“Two intriguing suggestions are buried deeply in the story that Charyn tells so compellingly in Sergeant Salinger. One is that Salinger could have but chose not to write one of the great war novels of the twentieth century. (In a real sense, Charyn has done it for him.) The other is that Salinger’s experience of war drove him to explore only the inner lives of the characters he invented and to hide his own inner life from the generations of readers who revere him.”

Jewish Journal

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“Wonderfully recreates the war years of J. D. Salinger. . . . If you are looking for a more nuanced war novel, a story of World War II and what it did to the young men forced to fight it, this is the book for you.”

Michigan Daily

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“A bravura slice of creative reconstruction. . . . Charyn triumphantly adds to the wealth of historical war fiction, while exercising his right as a fiction author to rewrite our understanding of another.”

Daily Mail

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“A masterly portrait of a young man’s terrible war.”

The Times

“[A] literary tour de force. . . . Charyn vividly portrays [J.D. Salinger’s] journey from slick short story writer to suffering artist. The winning result humanizes a legend.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“I loved [Her Here]. . . . You get caught up in the book very easily.”

Sandy Jones Boyd, Mountain Regional Public Library (Young Harris, GA)

“The protagonist of Modick’s quietly stunning novel is a renowned botanist who only in the last nine months of his long life truly understands the lessons of his obsession. . . . Presented as an addendum to the professor’s magnum opus, this diary-like narrative operates with the slow power and lyricism of true discovery.”

Laurie Greer, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

“Beautiful debut about relationships between mothers and daughters, the intersection and fragmentary natures of memory and identity. Dennis’s writing is impressive—both precise and empathetic.”

Molly Harbage, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

Her Here is a stunning debut from author Amanda Dennis. I was brought to the very edge of my sanity right along with the protagonist, Elena. The women in this story are complex and the ways their stories interconnect even more so. There were so many twists and turns I don’t think I accurately predicted even one plot development. It was suspenseful, raw, and every word absolutely crackled with intensity. Fans of Gillian Flynn take notice!”

Audrey Beatty, River Bend Bookshop (Glastonbury, CT)

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Dazzling. Dennis is a writer that awakens the senses. From the first page, this gorgeous, haunting story about two lost girls ensnares the reader with such expertise, such intelligence and heart, that before long you’re lost inside the eerie sensuality of youthful dreams, witnessing obsession unravel identity.”

Dina Nayeri, author of Refuge and The Ungrateful Refugee

“In Her Here, Dennis has written a metaphysical investigation that is also a wonderfully personal account of a daughter coming to terms with the loss of her mother, and a mother coming to terms with the loss of her daughter. As Elena conjures Ella’s last days, the richly imagined narrative moves back and forth between Paris and Thailand, carrying both characters and readers to a vivid and suspenseful conclusion.”

Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and The Boy in the Field

“Evocative and meditative, Her Here is a ghost story without a ghost, a marvel of incantatory wit. Dennis weaves a mesmerizing web around her subject, drawing the reader into an intricate, volatile mystery whose end is always and never within reach.”

Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine and Intimations

“Amanda Dennis is in possession of hypnotic narrative gifts and a ferocious intellect. With Her Here, she has claimed her place in the literary world.”

Rebecca Makkai, author of Music for Wartime and The Great Believers

“A graceful, thought-provoking portrait of memory and mortality.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Moss] taps into a host of humanitarian and ecological concerns, even as it reminds the reader of the complex web of connections humans dwell within.”

Words Without Borders

“A powerful exercise in eco-fiction. . . . Modick’s writing, at its best, presents the ‘mossifcation’ of the mind, combining clinical observation with philosophical lyricism.”

Arts Fuse

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“[Moss] opens with the death of a renowned botanist, whose . . . hypnotic reflections and biographical recollections disavow the ‘botanist’s penetrating gaze’—its ‘classifications without real knowledge’—to arrive at a rejuvenating, anarchic conception of the natural world.”

Millions

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“A masterful examination of internal conflict, gratifying for readers inspired by ecofiction and literary theory. . . . Inner explorations transform into a Weltanschauung of epiphany and new understanding of love, death, and the natural world.”

Booklist

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“Dennis’ sensory prose leads to a fascinating exploration of identity, grief, and time.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“Wrenching and revelatory.”

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

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“Brings to life the two suffragists, Anthony and Stanton. . . . A thoroughly worthwhile read.”

Historical Novels Review

“Dennis’s elegant yet propulsive debut becomes much more than a missing-persons search. . . . Elena’s narrative-within-a-narrative nicely reveals the creative process, while Dennis’s larger story confirms the value of living boldly.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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“Superbly crafted. . . . Absorbing and memorable.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Amateur mycologists rejoice, we finally have our own Orchid Thief and it’s weird as hell.”

Sid S., Type Books (Toronto, ON)

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“Bewildering and unsettling. . . . This is the sort of book that will transform completely behind your back from one reading to the next.”

Douglas Riggs, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)

“Strange and glorious. . . . This slim novel is a challenging, thought-provoking adventure, perfect for fans of Haruki Murakami and Franz Kafka.”

Cindy Pauldine, River’s End Bookstore (Oswego, NY)

“A set of eleven stories from Catalan author Jordi Nopca, Come On Up is a solid collection of short fiction centered amidst our modern moment of frustrated ambitions, declining opportunity, and the 21st century paradox of unlimited choices and meaningless decisions. Nopca’s tales, situated in his hometown Barcelona, focus mostly on couples and interpersonal relationships, many with a deliciously absurdist bent. A caustic, sly humor and sardonic social malaise pervade Come On Up, but never in a disaffected, indifferent way—on the contrary, there’s a liveliness to all the listlessness. Also an award-winning journalist, Nopca’s storytelling and sharp wit are each remarkably entertaining. Come On Up employs a verve that is simultaneously of the times and contrary to its darker, deleterious impulses.”

Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

“Lock nimbly explores race, gender, and identity through a historical lens while displaying a joyous love of language.”

Booklist

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“Raucous, fantastical. . . . [An] imaginative exploration of late-19th-century America’s cultural tensions.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Wry yet tender, Nopca’s stories are a chronicle of the sentimental and existential doubts of Barcelona’s struggling younger generation—just trust me: read them.”

Jordi Puntí, author of Lost Luggage and This Is Not America

“Dark, carnivalesque. . . . American Follies features lavish period details and unsettling alternative world building, warping expectations and standing out for its rapier wit.”

Foreword Reviews

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“The day will come when there’ll be no need to keep repeating how Nopca’s talent and his corrosive humor have exploded and electrified the literature of Spain: it will be common knowledge.”

Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co. and Mac’s Problem

“Jordi Nopca’s stories, written with clarity and flair, are smart and modern, filled with sharply observed detail. They capture the unease of the times and the flux of contemporary life in Barcelona with wit, wisdom, moments of pure hilarity, and a mixture of sympathy and dark laughter.”

Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and House of Names

“A thrilling, unnerving portrait of 19th-century America. . . . One part novel of ideas, one part madcap adventure.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“All of the stories make noise, and some of them really take off.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Come On Up] movingly illustrate[s] the human shame of financial insecurity, with multidimensional characters that give life to sterile government jobless reports.”

Shelf Awareness

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“Ranging from the mysterious mushroom known by the name of Aseroë to Giorgione’s painting The Tempest, while meditating on the millions made off the work of Rimbaud, [Aseroë] offers a series of astonishing and detailed variations on the theme of the figures of forgetfulness.”

Claire Devarieux, Libération

Ragtime in a fever dream. . . . When you mix 19th-century racists, feminists, misogynists, freaks, and a flim-flam man, the spectacle that results might bear resemblance to the contemporary United States.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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“A young woman has disappeared, and her mother asks a dead friend’s daughter to reconstruct the young woman’s life from her diaries, in the hopes of stumbling on clues to where she may be. It’s a premise that would be a stretch for any novelist, but in her experimental debut Amanda Dennis wields that stretch the way a candymaker pulls and thickens ropes of sugar on hooks.”

Literary Hub

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“These short stories chronicle the romantic, intellectual, and economic frustrations of disparate characters. . . . From intellectual satire to slapstick comedy, [Come On Up] covers plenty of emotional terrain.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Delightfully witty, insightful, and masterfully told.”

Booklist

“A book filled to the gills with a veritable feast of literary ingredients. To read Aseroë is to experience a kind of inebriation as we drink in the intelligence and the talent of its author.”

Marie Étienne, La Quinzaine Littéraire

“[An] enigmatic and radiant book.”

Maurice Blanchot

“In this book oblivion is daylight.”

Éric Vuillard, Prix Goncourt award–winning author of The Order of the Day

“An immensely pleasurable read.”

Pascal Quignard, Prix Goncourt award–winning author of The Roving Shadows

“This over-the-top, extraordinary novel, in its no less stupendous translation, begins with a mycological intimacy that brings to mind the great mushroom scenes of the film Phantom Thread. How not to be aroused by this whopping treat of verbal virtuosity?”

Mary Ann Caws, author of The Modern Art Cookbook and Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism

“[Nopca’s] stories skillfully traverse decadence and depravity, splendor and squalor, the tragic and the comic, the boring and the absurd.”

Cleaver Magazine

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“What a wonderful piece of writing! What an exhilarating adventure! What a madcap exploration of mushrooms, paintings, Rimbaud, the legend of Orpheus, and the mazes of a poet’s mind, in a jigsaw puzzle of a book that ultimately (like Alice’s Wonderland) makes absolute sense!”

Alberto Manguel, author of The Library at Night and Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends

“Provocative, funny and sobering.”

Washington Post

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“Spellbinding. . . . Wholly engrossing. . . . This hypnotic and deeply cerebral exploration is a seductive escape. Through Ella and Elena’s efforts to reconstruct a sense of self—outside family, beyond academia and expectation—through language, Dennis confronts the various ways we try to understand ourselves and others.

Washington Post

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“Filled with caustic wit and pointed satire . . . [Come On Up] paints a sympathetic portrait of people trying to adapt to the instability that defines their ‘new normal’.”

World Literature Today

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“Full of wonder. . . . Aseroë is a lyrical contemplation of how words affect reality.”

Foreword Reviews

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“Fiercely original.”

Kirkus Reviews

“In Lethem’s witty translation from Catalan, the 11 stories [of Come On Up] are heartbreaking and hilarious, tender and violent.”

New York Times Book Review

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“A singular novel. Aseroë’s storyteller speaks from within the grasp of mysterious and urgent preoccupations. Yet his confident narration, rich in colorful, familiar detail, and sensitively and gracefully rendered into English by master translator Richard Sieburth, assures us of his obsessions’ importance to him and, within his brilliant and bizarrely convincing world, increasingly to us.”

Lydia Davis, author of Can’t and Won’t and Essays One

“Charyn conjures up a narrative punctuated with powerful imagery. . . . In a novel full of its share of the grotesque, it takes an artist with a precise touch such as Charyn to achieve such artful results.”

Comics Grinder

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“Deftly written and original. . . . Unreservedly recommended.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Charyn has created a terrific cast of original characters who speak in a language that reflects the selfish and predatory nature of that time. . . . He tells a fascinating story of resistance against evil with a great deal of energy.”

Historical Novels Review

“A complex and detailed story of the inner workings of the German Third Reich during World War II. . . . Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“[Charyn’s] taut story line is full of surreal visuals and elaborate illusions.”

Booklist

“[An] edgy, hallucinatory, full-throttle fable.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“Spectacular. . . . This extraordinary tour de force showcases [Charyn] at the top of his game.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“Darkly resonant. . . . [A] convention-upturning tour de force.”

Washington Independent Review of Books

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“A breakneck adventure. . . . It’s a dark art to make a subject this grotesque quite this much fun.”

Wall Street Journal

“Charyn’s blunt, brilliantly crafted prose bubbles with the pleasure of nailing life to the page in just the right words. Cesare is by no means lightweight fare, but it’s provocative, stimulating and deeply satisfying.”

Washington Post

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“Reading The Bear will bring you back to the wonder-filled stories of childhood, the sort that linger, that alter our understanding of the world, that shape who we become. Such is the simple and profound power of Andrew Krivak’s unexpectedly hopeful novel. Crafted with as much care and mastery as the finest oaken bow, this is a book that manages to be both timeless and urgent, clear-eyed and tender-hearted, archetypal and unconventional: a bedtime tale told by a prophet. A wonder in itself.”

Josh Weil, author of The New Valley and The Age of Perpetual Light

“A tight yet expansive novel in prose so vivid you forget these are words and not the cedar, trout, and stones of a post-Anthropocene Earth. Through the middle of The Bear walks an unnamed girl whose determination to go on living will fill you with awe.”

Salvatore Scibona, author of The End and The Volunteer

“In spare and lovely prose, Andrew Krivak folds the deep past and the far future into a remarkable fable about our inheritance as humanity makes a harmonic return to the spirit and animal worlds. This book follows you, like a river under ice.”

Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles

“If you liked the isolation, survival, and life-learning lessons of Where the Crawdads Sing, The Bear is a great read.”

Taylor Woods, Mid-Continent Public Library (MO)

“This book combines the elegiac, hauntingly spare prose of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road with the vivid nature writing of Jack London, plus a dash of magical realism. . . . The writing is beautifully evocative, through each season and habitat.”

Maree Watkins, Fairfax County Public Library (Fairfax, VA)

“Very beautiful. . . . As harrowing as The Martian. . . . In these kind of scary, uncertain times, not only do you get tips for survival, but . . . ultimately this feeling of hope for how humans might complete the circle of their existence on Earth.”

Karen Stern, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library (Wakefield, MA)

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“A wondrous take on love, loss and the natural world.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library (Batavia, IL)

“Hauntingly beautiful, written in a poetic style, I highly recommend The Bear.”

Judy Sebastian, Eastham Public Library and Friends of the Eastham Library (Eastham, MA)

“Like a prismatic series of artist’s sketches, Pain Studies offers a dazzling variety of perspectives—personal, political, phenomenological, lyrical—on the unanswerable question of human suffering. Through virtuosic readings of everything from pre-Socratic philosophy to the trial transcripts of Joan of Arc to the cultural semiotics of House M.D., Lisa Olstein brilliantly extends the literature of pain into our contemporary historical moment. But this searching work also illuminates how pain studies us. Turning the last page on Olstein’s agonistic anatomy, we’ve come to know one of hurt’s intimate acquaintances, unbroken by her suffering, or if broken in parts, then painstakingly remade.”

Srikanth Reddy, author of Voyager and Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry

“I ended up reading this in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much. . . . The words were simple and honest, but the picture they painted was delightful.”

Lauren Rhodes, St. Louis County Library (St. Louis, MO)

“In Pain Studies, Lisa Olstein paints a sharp-witted and insightful picture of the rollercoaster ride that is called pain. Her own experiences allow her to approach the topic in a way that provides relevant reading to anyone treating or living with chronic pain. As doctors, we need to find more effective ways to help patients dealing with pain. This book is a step in that direction.”

Jill Heytens, M.D., neurologist

“This was a book that really makes you think about the future and the choices that we as humans are making today.”

Courtney Reynolds, John Tomay Memorial Library (Georgetown, CO)

“This adult fable touches on themes of family, the environment, the struggle for survival, and the need for harmony with nature. I enjoyed meeting the Bear, the Puma, and the fierce unnamed female narrator who was stronger than I could ever imagine. This one is compelling.”

Kelly Moore, Carrollton Public Library (Carrollton, TX)

“Lisa Olstein offers readers an eclectic and deeply personal set of meditations on pain as experienced and remembered, inflicted and endured, perceived and denied. Through neuroscience, literature, and history, from hit TV shows to classical philosophy, this is a unique and fascinating contribution to the literature of pain in general, and migraine in particular.”

Katherine Foxhall, author of Migraine: A History

“Stunning. . . . Krivak gives us a startling view of the future; of being alone and trying to understand a world that no longer exists.”

Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System (WY)

“Profound and unforgettable. . . . Beautifully demonstrates the enduring strength and sensibility of the natural world.”

Joanna Kluever, Julia Hull District Library (Stillman Valley, IL)

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“Add me to those who loved The Bear by Andrew Krivak. This is one of those books that seems simplistic at first and then completely draws you in to its world.”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Brooklyn, OH)

“Not only a thought provoking read, [The Bear] serves as a potential origin story for a future full of limitless possibilities in which man is no longer a dominate force. A must read for grown-up fans of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Lynn Harlan, Calvert Library (Frederick, MD)

Pain Studies takes a good long look at how bodies (human ones) experience and manage the wide spectrum of pain and discomfort. . . . A very fun and fast-paced read.”

Nefertiti, Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA)

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“This beautiful book about survival and community moved me deeply.”

Krista Feick, Columbus Metropolitan Library (Columbus, OH)

“Lovers of language take note: the act of reading this book is truly an experience.”

Karissa Fast, St. Catharines Public Library (Saint Catharines, Ontario)

“[Olstein’s] words carve out fissures of understanding and deep, familiar meaning in what it means to have chronic pain—that there is meaning in it.”

Lindsey Moore, BookPeople (Austin, TX)

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“Refreshing. . . . A simple story written with an unflinching but compassionate voice, Krivak’s tale should be thoughtfully savored while it slowly winds its way into your moral conscience.”

Kyle Evans, Springfield-Greene County Library (Springfield, MO)

“Gorgeous prose and luscious descriptions of the natural world. Krivak reminds us of our own frailty and the fierce bond between human and animal.”

Lillian Dabney, Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum (Seattle, WA)

“Unique, remarkable, and beautiful.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library (Delphi, IN)

“A book to savor.”

Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (Azusa, CA)

“Heartbreaking. . . . It has been nearly two months since I finished The Bear and I’m still ruminating on its melancholy yet somehow hopeful ode to the beauty the natural world has to offer.”

Christopher Clark, Eisenhower Public Library (Harwood Heights, IL)

“[There are] six splendid stand-alone novels in Norman Lock’s The American Novels series. . . . Feast Day of the Cannibals is the latest book in the series. . . . As in his previous novels, Lock both presents an engrossing storyline and a vivid sense of life in late 19th-century Manhattan.”

Our Man in Boston

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“Olstein writes with eloquence and power. . . . To someone living with chronic pain, this book is pure catharsis, a warm voice in an endless tunnel of dark saying ‘I hear you. I understand you.’ To anyone else, this book is the first step toward empathy. Pain Studies must be read by all.”

Laura Graveline, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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“Very enjoyable.”

Kayla Campbell, Plum City Public Library (Plum City, WI)

“Transcendent. . . . Simply amazing.”

Mike Wysock, The Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)

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“Krivak definitely has a gift for unique stories and I know my patrons will really enjoy his work.”

Meagan Brown, Cromaine District Library (Hartland, MI)

“A truly moving story laced with a delicate insight into both the fragility and resilience of mankind.”

Max Blanchette, Merrimack Public Library (Merrimack, NH)

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“Immerses the reader in nature and explores man’s relationship with the surrounding life.”

Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, Olathe Public Library (Olathe, KS)

“This book reminded me to marvel at nature and its raw and innate strength. And to also marvel at the tenacity of the human spirit and how we are all shaped by our world and our experience.”

Melissa, Western Sullivan Public Library System (NY)

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“Lyrical. . . . By the end of the novel, the reader is led to accept particularly difficult aspects of the novel’s reality that overlap with our own—that the world will endure without us, that natural cycles of birth and death will continue, and that human intelligence is not the only kind to have a lasting impact on the life of the planet.”

Joseph, Spartanburg County Public Libraries (Spartanburg, SC)

“A young girl and her father live alone in a mountain forest that fronts a lake in a devastated world. She learns from him how to live off the land, hunting for food, and finding shelter. The Bear is the moving story of a journey they make together to the ocean, and the bear who helps her find her way back home. For fans of The Dogs Stars (Heller) and The Road (McCarthy).”

LibraryReads citation, Sandy Jones Boyd, Mountain Regional Public Library (Young Harris, GA)

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“A stunningly quiet, simple, and perfect book.”

Kay Wosewick, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)

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“One of the best reads I’ve had in a long time.”

Doloris Vest, Book No Further (Roanoke, VA) on Book City Roanoke podcast

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“Krivak’s little gem of a book has some of the lushest, loveliest nature writing you’ll ever read, but in addition to that, it has the timeless feel of a fable. . . . I never knew that a tale about humanity’s end days could be so quietly powerful, and leave me with a sense of peace and optimism.”

Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks (Chicago, IL)

“This is humanity at its purest form—a primal love story to our place among the wild things. Stark and beautiful.”

Robin Templin, Watermark Books & Café (Wichita, KS)

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“This was such an interesting book. Not very long, but the way the prose felt slow and meaningful pulled me in and made me slow down to read it. . . . When I finished, I felt like I’d had an experience, not just read a book.”

Izzy Stringham, Bookbinders Basalt (Basalt, CO)

“Flora and fauna further a companionless young woman’s education in survival in The Bear. I fought tears throughout the girl’s journey: her story is THAT BEAUTIFUL!.”

Kayleen Rohrer, InkLink Books (East Troy, WI)

“This book is majestic! A beautiful and poignant tribute to nature and the resiliency of the spirit.”

Rachel Oriatti, Anderson’s Bookshop (Downers Grove, IL)

“Read The Bear to be transformed.”

Laura Mills, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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“Beautiful, poignant and magical. . . . I loved and savored every single word.”

Seth Marko, Book Catapult (San Diego, CA)

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“A lovely, emotional tale.”

Jackie Mann, Anderson’s Bookshop (La Grange, IL)

“A modern day fable with lessons on how to reconnect with the natural world. . . . Precise and beautiful.”

Robert Lingle, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore (Lakewood, NY)

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“An exquisite tale of all living things existing in beautiful balance and has one of the most perfect endings of any book I’ve read.”

Gaël LeLamer, Books & Books (Miami, FL) in the Miami Herald

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“Both timeless and of the moment, this moving, elegant fable for adults is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced, anxious lives. . . . A transcendent, luminous book that will stay with you.”

Shane Khosropour, Unabridged Bookstore (Chicago, IL)

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The Bear is a beautifully written modern fable. . . . It feels both timeless and very much of our time, as it plays on anxieties about climate change and the end of human civilization.”

Kathleen Keenan, A Novel Spot Bookshop (Etobicoke, Ontario)

“Poetically written. . . . This book takes a bleak and played-out genre and gives it a new twist. An immersive story not quite about the end-times, but about new beginnings.”

Daniel K., Prologue Bookshop (Columbus, OH)

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“Incredible.”

Harrison Jahnke, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, MT)

“Creepy and completely immersive. I couldn’t help but become an audience member in the narrator’s fantasy world.”

Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, Olathe Public Library (Olathe, KS)

“The more time I spend thinking about [The Bear], the more astonished I am at just how damn good it is.”

Lane Jacobson, Paulina Springs Books (Sisters, OR)

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“Achingly beautiful.”

Joelle Herr, The Bookshop (Nashville, TN) in the Nashville Scene

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“A story anyone can connect with.”

Maggie Henriksen, Carmichael’s Bookstore (Louisville, KY)

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“Ancient in its rhythm and content, Andrew Krivak’s The Bear reads as a folktale from an entirely possible, fast-approaching future. The lives that may very well be lived by the last of us are lyrically and lovingly articulated across these pages.”

Jack Hawthorn, Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS)

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“[The Bear] should have a permanent spot on your shelf.”

Kristin Enola Gilbert, Exile in Bookville (Chicago, IL)

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“Tender and lyrical, beautifully descriptive and with just enough suspense to temper the story, The Bear is divine.”

Lee Virden Geurkink, Monkey and Dog Books (Fort Worth, TX)

“I read some wonderful books this year, but this fable . . . is something my mind returned to over and over. It is a small, beautiful book.”

Kelly Estep, Carmichael’s Bookstore (Louisville, KY)

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“Thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Sad and beautiful and hopeful all at the same time. . . . I love the philosophical take on how humans fit into nature.”

Teri Den Herder, UCSD Bookstore (La Jolla, CA)

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“Krivak’s nature writing is simply divine. This lyrical fable has a few white-knuckled moments, but it’s the story’s tender spirituality that kept me up reading through the night.”

Emily Crowe, An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café (Plainville, MA)

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“A slow-burning tale of repression and sublimation, a work that tells a tale of obsession and the violence that ensues.”

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

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“Erudite. . . . Olstein’s blending of the personal and the academic is compelling. . . . A quality addition to the literature on pain.”

Kirkus Reviews

“What a balm to read a book so lovely that moves at a measured pace in this fast-paced age. . . . This is a book that takes the reader to heart: a story to be savored, a grace to be received.”

Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Books (Northern California)

“An irresistible—and utterly strange—experience. A novel you must read to believe.”

Justin Walls, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (Beaverton, OR)

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“While Moby-Dick is often referenced by the characters, it’s Billy Budd, a later work of Melville’s, that’s alluded to thematically, as Lock addresses questions of desire and repression, both personal and societal. . . . [Feast Day of the Cannibals] memorably provides a window into old New York and its narrator’s conflicted mind.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“A sparsely told story that leaves you questioning whether we are more than just our memories.”

Sydne Conant, A Room of One’s Own (Madison, WI)

“Krivak writes so poetically, despite the many sad moments in the story, reading it was a relaxing escape.”

Gabbi Cisneros, Porchlight Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)

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“I could not put down The Bear. Although an easy read, the masterful storytelling of Andrew Krivak challenges readers with ideas of survival and adventure amidst loss. . . . A simply beautiful read.”

Heidi Carter, Bogan Books (Fort Kent, ME)

“This slim novel is part adventure story, part fantasy and part love story to the world of nature.”

Tim Budd, Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA) on Iowa Public Radio

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“Beautifully written. . . . [The Bear] is a fable that will move into your heart as well as your mind, and stay there forever.”

Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

“Beautiful. . . . Will grab you and not let go.”

Karen Bellovich, Anderson’s Bookshop (LaGrange, IL)

The Bear is a beautiful throwback to folk tales and fairy tales, while at the same time paying tribute to the dystopian books of today.”

Miranda Atkins, A Little Bookish (Ooltewah, TN)

“Fascinating. . . . [Pain Studies] succeeds in delivering an intriguing look at a set of questions with wide relevance.”

Publishers Weekly

“An essential novel for our times, The Bear encapsulates the essence of isolation and our connection to the natural world.”

Jenna, Eagle Harbor Book Co. (Bainbridge Island, WA)

“Part starkly real survival story, part dream-like fable: I devoured this in one sitting.”

Dawn, Next Page Books & Nosh (Frisco, CO)

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“A beautiful elegy on the transience of life. . . . The Bear will transport you to another time and place and make you feel the simple beauty of being alive.”

Charlie, Towne Book Center (Collegeville, PA)

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“This is as close to a perfect novel as I’ve read. . . . Krivak is working with the care and atmosphere of Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and the dire sentimentality of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but is tuned to a higher and more eternal frequency. I will treasure The Bear, and am so glad it exists to counterbalance these futile, furious times.”

Robert Martin, Independent Booksellers Consortium Executive Director

“Widely relatable and deeply moving.”

Audible

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“This timely, emotional fable about the dual powers of nature and human endurance is profound in its simplicity. Like all the best fables, the wisdom of Krivak’s tale lingered long after we finished it.”

Apple Books

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“In a world drowning in careless excess, The Bear suggests another way, and the rewards are great.”

Seattle Book Review

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“As heartwarming as a novel about the end of the world can get. . . . The Bear is a beautiful and breathtakingly sad cautionary tale about a future that’s becoming ever more believable.”

The Lineup

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“This is a novel that can change perceptions of the Earth and our place in it.”

BookBrowse

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“Grabs readers’ attention, even those without a history of chronic illness. . . . Its analysis spans multiple perspectives and includes Olstein’s sincere recollections, making this extended lyrical essay shine.”

Library Journal

“Uplifting and beautiful, Krivak has written a gem of a fable; a portrait of survival that comes full circle.”

Paperback Paris

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“Infused with compassion and hope. . . . Krivak’s prose fills the reader with awe for the greatness of nature.”

Electric Literature

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“A dreamy, poetic novel that imagines a (nearly) humanless Earth as a thing of beauty.”

BuzzFeed

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“A lovely, unforgettable experience.”

Foreword Reviews

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“Engrossing and elegant, Feast Day of the Cannibals captures America’s kaleidoscopic spirit during a tumultuous, rapacious era.”

Foreword Reviews

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“The power of a classic myth. . . . Krivak’s lyrical tribute to the natural world and the necessity for humans to coexist with it is an essential message cloaked within an allegory of haunting beauty.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers

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“[Krivak’s] sentences are polished stones of wonder. . . . The elegiac tone reflects what is lost and what will be lost, an enchantment as if Wendell Berry had reimagined Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”

Booklist

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“Olstein is a poet, which is clear in the quality of her language. [Pain Studies] is rich, absorbing, and suggestive.”

Book Riot

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“Dazzling, puzzling, ornate, arcane, and deeply intelligent.”

Literature, Arts and Medicine Database

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“Like an artist’s drawings of a bird or a human hand, Olstein’s studies show us pain from dozens of angles so that we eventually see its whole shape.”

Brevity

“Unexpectedly bright and punchy. . . . [Olstein] drops the heavy mantles of pain writing and dips, like a swimmer, into the ways that pain infiltrates and orients a bodymind, into the ways that it arranges a life.”

Avidly

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Pain Studies is an excavation—no mere poking around!—of pain and transcends the restraints of either prose or poetic forms. . . . Olstein achieves a gorgeous mosaic . . . to produce remarkable work.”

Literary Review

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“Deft, ingenious. . . . This is raw physicality in words. . . . Take the journey, read it. It’s brain, blood, pain, life, and death; poetry in prose, a book that must be read and lived.”

Lone Star Literary Life

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“Engagingly different. . . . Unfolds in graceful, luminous prose.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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“Lock’s latest entry in his superb American Novels series again features his remarkable eye for historical detail and fine-tuned felicity with the language of the period. At times, the sparkling prose is nearly indistinguishable from that of the authors Lock so clearly admires, Melville, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. . . . The mellifluous language, literary allusions, and some subtle Moby-Dick parallels, such as Melville using a harpoon to kill rats in the hulls of ships, will delight fans of classic American literature.”

Booklist

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“Compellingly weird.”

Keith Mosman, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

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“[Olstein] lays down shimmering prose that subtly unhinges the reader, conveying what it’s like to see the world from a migraine’s point-of-view. . . . Pain Studies is all the more powerful because its content is echoed by its form. It builds in fragments and bursts of prose. Its colors are vivid and brilliant.”

Adroit Journal

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“A moving post-apocalyptic fable for grown-ups. . . . Ursula K. Le Guin would approve.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“With artistry and grace . . . Krivak delivers a transcendent journey into a world where all living things—humans, animals, trees—coexist in magical balance, forever telling each other’s unique stories. This beautiful and elegant novel is a gem.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“In the spirit of Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. . . . Think of Pain Studies as a kind of travel literature, a Gulliver’s Travels-like guidebook for those visiting the land of pain.”

Rain Taxi Review of Books

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“Beautiful. . . . A powerful allegory about the struggles and graces of life.”

America Magazine

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“Olstein succeeds marvelously when directly reflecting on her own pain and her attempts to treat it. An accomplished poet, she often uses language beautifully and inventively.”

New York Times Book Review

“These spectacular sentences chart a thrilling investigation into pain, language, and Lisa Olstein’s own exile from what Woolf called ‘the army of the upright.’ On a search path through art, science, poetry, and prime-time television, Olstein aims her knife-bright compassion at the very thing we’re all running from. Pain Studies is a masterpiece.”

Leni Zumas, author of The Listeners and Red Clocks

“A strange, delightful, weird little book!”

Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

“[A] thoughtful, meditative exploration of humanity’s place in the world.”

WBUR The ARTery

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“Stellar. . . . The powerful impact of this slim, exquisite novel reveal[s] the wisdom of the natural world.”

WOSU All Things Considered

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“There’s a transcendence in Krivak’s prose.”

Addison Independent

“Draws you in immediately.”

Virginian-Pilot

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“Defies categorizing. . . . Immense in its truths.”

Harvard Press

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“Lisa Olstein’s remarkable Pain Studies is a book built of brain and nerve and blood and heart, about what it means to live with pain. Irreverent and astute, synthesizing the personal and the historical, popular culture and poetry and visual art, Pain Studies will change how you think about living with a body in our beautiful and doomed world.”

Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck and Bowlaway

“A lyrical fable for fans of soft apocalypse. . . . You’ll find yourself wanting to read sentences aloud for the full affect.”

The Sound

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“Transfixing. . . . This historically authentic novel raises potent questions about sexuality during an unsettling era in American history past and is another impressive entry in Lock’s dissection of America’s past.”

Publishers Weekly

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“I had a blast reading this book!”

Caitlin Luce Baker, Island Books (Mercer Island, WA)

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“A beautiful, gripping, thought-provoking exploration of human rewilding and nature’s dominion.”

Winnipeg Free Press

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“Lisa Olstein’s luminous meditation on pain winds around a beautifully curated series of artifacts. Bits of poetry, ancient medicine, brain science, television episodes, excerpts from the trial of Joan of Arc, and works of art support the spiderweb on which her insights hang like condensed mist. A fascinating, totally seductive read!”

Eula Biss, author of Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays and On Immunity: An Inoculation

“[A] tender apocalyptic fable . . . endowed with such fullness of meaning that you have to assign this short, touching book its own category: the post-apocalypse utopia.”

Wall Street Journal

“This spectacular work will delight and awe readers with Lock’s magisterial wordsmithing.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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“A penetrating parable of suburban family life. . . . Millás tells a compelling story of human connection in a way that is sometimes crude but also darkly funny, insightful and ultimately surprising.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers

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“Spectacularly bizarre. . . . A Kafkaesque story about transformation and our collective human desire to connect with one another.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“Riveting. . . . One of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself is finished.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Arresting, exquisite. . . . The Bear is more than a parable for our times, it’s a call to listen to the world around us before it’s too late.”

Observer

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“Fascinating yet sad. . . . Utterly compelling to read.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers

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“[A] moving novel. . . . O’Connor’s bleak, powerful story serves as an affecting homage to a girl whose community failed to protect her.”

Publishers Weekly

“Beautiful. . . . So loving and vivid that you can feel the lake water and smell the sea. . . . A perfect fable for the age of solastalgia.”

Slate

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“O’Connor’s poignant tale addresses numerous relevant and timely issues, from cultural anxiety to female empowerment or the lack thereof, and the painful and often tragic condition of eating disorders.”

Booklist

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“A moving, masterful story. . . . O’Connor’s recreation of this world and its people is haunted and haunting, with marvelous poetry and human sorrow resonating in every line.”

Historical Novels Review

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“Lyrical. . . . Gorgeous. . . . Krivak’s serene and contemplative novel invites us to consider a vision of time as circular, of existence as grand and eternal.”

Washington Post

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Feast Day of the Cannibals is the first of [Lock’s American Novels] to explore the lives of 19th-century men who felt a sexual attraction to each other. . . . [His] recreation of a past time and place is impressive, but his signal achievement in this novel is the voice of its narrator, Shelby Ross. . . . Lock does not merely imitate 19th-century prose; he makes it his own, with verbal flourishes worthy of Melville.”

Gay & Lesbian Review

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“A compelling stew of comedy, philosophy, and even tragedy, From the Shadows maintains a light touch, even as sinister undertones bubble underneath.”

Foreword Reviews

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“The real miracle lies in the capacity of Sarah’s singular, dark fate to illuminate the socioeconomic, religious, scientific, philosophic, and political cultures and conflicts of [the] time. . . . A transcendent historical novel.”

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

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“O’Connor takes the story of Sarah Jacob, one of history’s most noteworthy fasting girls, and turns this 150-year-old tale into a freshly poignant commentary on family dynamics and the treatment of women.”

Miracle Monocle magazine

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“This fable about seeking harmony with nature by Earth’s last human inhabitants—a father and daughter—has lessons of love, loss, family and survival.”

Massachusetts Book Awards jury citation

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The Bear is a luminous book of a standard one sees perhaps once every generation. . . . As [it] tenderly breaks your heart, piece by piece, it fills that void with something powerful and timeless. Written with precision, clarity, and gentle fluidity, The Bear reminds us that all we need to know awaits us in the wild.”

Pete Takeda, Mountain Book Competition Jury citation

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“At the center of Varley O’Connor’s novel The Welsh Fasting Girl is a single, horrifying question: what happens when an idea becomes more important than a person—and what happens when that person is a girl? . . . A searing critique. . . . It is one of the only places I have been reassured, in literature or otherwise, that when our morbid wonder towards eating problems ends, our understanding of the individual’s pain might begin.”

Barrelhouse Magazine

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“Part surreal comedy, part dark parable, Millás’s wild work brings readers face to face with the mundane facets of middle-class suburban life. . . . A page-turner of the strangest order, Millás’s debut stuns and entrances. It’s impossible to put down.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“A fable of survival in a consumerist society.”

Seattle Review of Books

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“An entertainingly presented look at social isolation and dependency.”

Complete Review

“I became enthralled as the mystery of a young girl’s death by starvation unfolds, revealing layers of secrets about family life amid religious and cultural conflicts. Varley O’Connor is a splendid storyteller.”

Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Disturbances in the Field and Two-Part Inventions

“Incredibly strange, truly bizarre—one of the most original stories. . . . Impossible to put down.”

Shelf Unbound

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“Equal parts psychotic, suspenseful, and tenderly funny. . . . This novel forever changed how I feel when I’m home alone.”

TorNightfire.com

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“Hilarious and unique.”

Crime Reads

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“The compact, surreal story . . . is uproarious and unnerving in equal measure, and is far too riveting to put down.”

Thrillist

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“A seductive narrator, brisk dialogue, and a unique claustrophobic setting contribute to a distinctive blend of Kafka’s surrealism and Pirandello’s absurdism. . . . A quick, riveting read.”

World Literature Today

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“Spectacularly surreal and cerebral. . . . [From the Shadows] carves a labyrinthine path through a mind withstanding both physical and mental confinements, and the language, rife with darkness and comedy, traces the fine walls of worlds both real and imagined with Kafkaesque soliloquy.”

Asymptote Journal

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“In this richly textured and compelling novel, Varley O’Connor proves to us that human desire is never simple and that our noblest wishes sometimes provoke our darkest deeds.”

Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace and Gateway to the Moon

“Begins as entertaining slapstick, subtly metamorphoses into fable. . . . As [the narrator’s] vivid imaginary world fuses with reality this deceptively ethereal novel advances toward a dark and startling finale.”

Wall Street Journal

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“Varley O’Connor’s beautiful and brilliant novel takes us deep into the mysteries of virtue’s conspiracy with evil and the human spirit’s war against itself. With spot-on historical detail and scintillating language, the novel fascinates and moves us, and uses the story of a nineteenth-century Welsh farm girl to deliver cogent insights into contemporary issues regarding gender and family.”

Stephen O’Connor, author of Orphan Trains and Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings

“It’s a strange and winsome feeling I have, reading Tacoma Stories, the blue sensation that Richard Wiley has made me homesick for a place I’ve never been, mourning the loss of friends I never had, in a life where each and every one of us is loved, however imperfectly. Think Sherwood Anderson inhabiting Raymond Carver’s Northwest and you’ll have a clear picture of Wiley’s accomplishment.”

Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

“Richard Wiley is one of our best writers. These stories satisfy in the way that brilliant short fiction always satisfies; one feels as if one has absorbed the expansive vision and drama of a novel. Read slowly, and I bet you’ll want to read again.”

Richard Bausch, author of Peace and Living in the Weather of the World

Murmur by Will Eaves is a really extraordinary book, unlike any other. He’s in a class of his own.”

Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

“Will Eaves’s Murmur is masterful—compassionate, principled, and moving. It is deeply wise, with the aching loneliness of both human indignity and dignity, despair and courage.”

Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces and All We Saw

“Vivid and as varied as you can get. . . . Amusing, chilling, and sometimes downright bizarre, readers of short story collections with a unified theme will enjoy this.”

Barbarian Librarian

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“Tender and funny, Murmur takes the tragic story of Turing’s life and punishment and ingeniously transforms it into something glittering, subversive, and even triumphant. Eaves has built a magnificently challenging memorial to one of the great twentieth-century martyrs.”

Patrick Gale, author of Rough Music and A Place Called Winter

“Very highly recommended. . . . While the narratives are all strong individual stories, presented together as a whole they create a masterful collection and reflection on life over the decades.”

She Treads Softly

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Murmur is a profound meditation on what machine consciousness might mean, the implications of AI, where it will all lead. It’s one of the big stories of our time, though no one else has treated it with such depth and originality.”

Peter Blegvad, author of The Book of Leviathan

“It takes a certain literary brilliance to convey the conscious and unconscious mind of one of history’s greatest intellects. Will Eaves eloquently probes the boundaries between dreams, perception, and reality, prompting the reader to examine the recesses of their own labyrinthine psyche. A seamless dialogue between art and science, and fact and fiction.”

Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H., neuroscientist and host of Science Goes to the Movies and Startalk All-Stars

“An extraordinarily entertaining read from cover to cover.”

Midwest Book Review

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“There is science, there is art and there is Jungian symbolism. . . . For all its challenges, Murmur is also beautiful [in its] willingness to embrace opacity, its portrayal of the labyrinthine paths along which thought proceeds, and its exhilarating ambition to test Alec’s belief that ‘[a] mind can’t prove or step outside itself’ by inviting us to step out from ours, and into his.”

New Statesman

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Murmur is boldly different from anything else written about Turing.”

Times

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“Eaves has achieved one of the pinnacles of novelistic endeavour: he has given deep thought to human experience, and in doing so brought to life the ‘self-conscious wonder’ of thought itself.”

Times Literary Supplement

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“Wiley shines in the short form, absorbing the reader in slices of one town and its inhabitants while rendering them universal.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers

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“Exceptionally poised and elegant. . . . Murmur is a poignant meditation on the irrepressible complexity of human nature and sexuality, and a powerful indictment of the cowardice and groupthink that sustain state-sanctioned barbarism. It also poses timely questions about the digital world Turing’s pioneering work helped bring about.”

Irish Times

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“Compelling. . . . The genius of [Tacoma Stories] is that the relationships between characters and their backstories add depth to each entry, but the individual tales are still strong enough to stand on their own.”

Foreword Reviews

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“This linked set of seriocomic stories that hopscotches across a half-century . . . emphasizes unlikely transformations over time—and, as the title suggests, the role of place in those transformations. And though Wiley juggles plenty of characters, he has a light touch that’s fitting for a book rooted in the free-wheeling ’60s.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Captures beautifully the pith and precision of Turing’s own prose. . . . One of Eaves’s great accomplishments is to make the aesthetic questions raised by [Murmur] as significant as the ethical ones.”

Financial Times

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The Flip lucidly lays out a way of thinking about the enfolding of mind and reality that is at once empirically scientific and at the same time consistent with all we know from some of our most sophisticated philosophical and spiritual traditions. Jeffrey J. Kripal provides a practical guide to a deeper and more effective understanding of ourselves and our world. Read this book if you want to actively contribute to the development of a worldview that will be of extraordinary benefit to humankind and our planet.”

David E. Presti, author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience and Mind Beyond Brain

“An extraordinary exploration of dreams, consciousness, science and the future.”

New Scientist

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“Wiley’s antic, wrenching collection of 14 interlocking stories reveals the subtle connections among a dozen characters whose unpredictable lives evolve through the decades in the title city. . . . [It] provides a tentatively affirmative answer to the question raised by a fictional version of the daughter of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth: ‘Do you think a town can act as a hedge against the unabated loneliness of the human heart?’”

Publishers Weekly

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“Tacoma is underrepresented in literature, so this book presents a tremendous opportunity.”

Seattle Review of Books

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“Read[s] well as a literary version of a concept album with a unified theme.”

Tacoma Weekly

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“Jeffrey J. Kripal is one of the most important voices pushing the academy to broaden its perspective beyond the secular: to take seriously the idea that reality is more complex. He is slowly winning the argument and changing the terrain of debate without making an argument for any one religion. This is a remarkable achievement. The Flip is worthy of a wide readership.”

T. M. Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back and Our Most Troubling Madness

“In The Flip, Jeffrey J. Kripal reflects deeply on non-ordinary experiences that transform people’s way of understanding themselves and the world. Kripal uses an imaginative transdisciplinary method that weaves together contemporary thought in ecology, quantum physics, evolutionary biology, philosophy of mind, comparative mysticism, and first-person experiential accounts. The result is an eminently readable manifesto for the role of the humanities in integrating emergent thought in these many domains. Prophetically, the larger goal is nothing less than transforming humanity toward a greater wisdom community that can move beyond many of our most intractable problems and dysfunctions.”

Bradley Lewis, author of Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Can Shape Clinical Practice and Depression: Integrating Science, Humanities, and Culture

“A marvelous mixture of humor and contemplative nostalgia, Tacoma Stories shows us that cities are more than just a collection of buildings, landmarks and roads. They’re a delicate web of lives and stories, each one connected in ways we might never expect.”

Puget Sound Trail

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“[Wiley] is able to articulate a familiar and endearing world of Tacoma, humanizing the city to a reader who may not have even heard of the ‘City of Destiny.’”

Tacoma Ledger

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“One reads in the hope of delight. And that’s what [Tacoma Stories] provides. The linked stories that make up the collection are deeply pleasureful reads.”

Mark Jacobs, Peace Corps Worldwide

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“Wiley’s characters are far from absurdist; it might even be accurate to say that they are mid-to-late 20th-century approximations of Chaucer’s pilgrims . . . all starting out together from Tacoma on a journey through adulthood. . . . Across the pilgrimage of their lives, we see a slow burnishing of their hopes and dreams, but also of their failures. Tacoma itself, like Dublin in James Joyce’s Dubliners, also asserts its own force of character. . . . Wiley has finally given his city the loving touch it deserves.”

Ann Neelon, Peace Corps Worldwide

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“Makes the baffling notions of quantum mechanics and neuroscience digestible. In this respect, The Flip is similar to The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas. . . . The research incorporated into the book is well thought out, and ranges from writer Philip K. Dick to mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Kripal even discusses how Joni Mitchell came up with the idea that ‘we are stardust’ ten years before Carl Sagan popularized it. . . . The Flip did open my mind to the fact that there are leading experts in both the field of science and religion (Kripal himself) who are pushing toward unification and the extinction of out-dated knowledge.”

NewPages

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“Offers plenty of points to ponder.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[The Flip] will ignite conversations about the limits of science and the potential for dramatic shifts in perspective.”

Publishers Weekly

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Murmur is a restrained and elegant exploration of cause and effect, and the meaning of life and love.”

BBC judges’ citation

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Murmur is a fully achieved literary experiment, digging deep into all the dimensions of human consciousness.”

Goldsmiths Prize judge’s citation

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“Eaves’ playful, fiercely intelligent interpretation of aspects of the life of a character who closely resembles the brilliant, multifaceted Alan Turing is a dreamlike wonder of memory and consciousness. Its ways are mysterious, its effect deepens with every reading.”

Republic of Consciousness Prize judge Catherine Taylor in the Guardian

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“I can’t say enough great things about Eduardo Halfon’s novels. His newest, Mourning, translated by the incredible Lisa Dillman & Daniel Hahn is no exception.”

Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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“Wonderfully rich. . . . Reading this book is an embodied experience; it is yoga for the mind. The Flip is an important book that deserves a broad readership both inside and outside the academy.”

Reading Religion

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“Halfon’s magnificent prose and abundant storytelling prowess work in tandem to create an irresistible style. . . . As with the ghostly, evocative trails of smoke that have adorned each of Halfon’s English edition covers, Mourning is possessed by traces of the ethereal, the mysterious, and the shadowy. . . . [It] functions wonderfully as the third volume in Halfon’s bittersweet, doleful inquest into family folklore, remembrance, and indelible generational anguish.”

Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

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“[Murmur will] grip your mind in the very first pages, break your heart halfway through, and in the end, strangely, unexpectedly, restore your faith in human beings and their endless capacity for resilience.”

Wellcome Book Prize chair of judges Elif Shafak in the Guardian

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“A warmly vivid account of various science-minded people who have experienced the ‘Flip’. . . . Passionate and often funny.”

Guardian

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“Halfon’s writing hits a virtual ecstasy.”

Jonas Mekas, director of As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty at Electric Literature

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“[The Flip] synthesizes some of the most recent speculations about the nature of the cosmos and the human, proposing a renewed mutual engagement of the sciences and humanities. . . . With its visionary notions and revisionary potential, The Flip merits a wide readership, across the academy and outside of it.”

Houston Chronicle

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“Scrupulous, humane . . . [Murmur] is as bracingly intelligent as it is brave. . . . [Eaves] knows that Turing’s theories of consciousness have implications for fiction, and that fiction can operate at the frontiers of what we know about the workings of our minds.”

Guardian

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“One of the most provocative new books of the year, and, for me, mindblowing.”

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind

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“A deftly crafted read from beginning to end. . . . Extraordinary and unreservedly recommended.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Complex and erudite. . . . [Murmur] bears reading twice.”

Library Journal

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“[Halfon] clarif[ies] in fluid, accessible language that however slippery, memory is essential to who we are.”

Library Journal

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“Exquisite. . . . This novel will submerge readers in contemplation and dazzling prose as it captures the essence of mind and matter.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“Halfon spins a bewitching tale. . . . Careful, arresting prose brings everything together in a moving, evocative story of the narrator’s bloodline.”

Publishers Weekly

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“An unforgettable exploration of one family’s fluid, collective memory.”

Booklist

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“Gripping. . . . A wildly inventive and moving exploration of the human mind.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“With his slender but deceptively weighty books, which are at once breezy and melancholic, bemused and bitter, [Halfon] opens up worlds to readers in return.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“Beautiful and hallucinatory. . . . From extreme isolation and suffering springs a vision of universal connectedness.”

Wall Street Journal

“Part Jorge Luis Borges, part Sholom Aleichem. . . . Halfon is the sort of traveler who admits he knows nothing, yet finds enlightenment everywhere. Mourning emits some little illumination of human nature on every page.”

Rumpus

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“Evocative. . . . Mourning is a mystery, a drama and a fictional memoir. It is a book that manages to be both melancholy in tone yet triumphant in spirit.”

Jewish Boston

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“Powerful, gorgeous. . . . Halfon gives an unforgettable, haunting voice to lesser-known populations of the Jewish diaspora, including Latin American and Lebanese Jews. Mourning shows how the weaving together of diasporic families across cultures and places creates ripples through generations.”

Jewish Book Council

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“A careful, precise story that explores the many facets of loss and healing.”

World Literature Today

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“Brimming with subtle mystery, inquisitiveness, oddity, coincidence, and melancholy. . . . A highly entertaining tragedy, a fascinating page-turner.”

Asymptote Journal

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“Elegant and meditative.”

Words Without Borders

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“Halfon is a master.”

Smithsonian magazine

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“A feat of literary acrobatics.”

New York Review of Books

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“Weissmann’s project is to show how science and culture aren’t as distant as often thought, and the best of the essays are wonderfully stimulating and exciting in how they make this point. . . . Admirers will be captivated anew.”

Publishers Weekly

“Expertly hopscotch[es] across all sorts of topics. . . . Weissmann’s humanist, sometimes sardonic, voice binds together disparate strands to show how all human endeavor is linked. . . . Weissmann clearly sees how history obfuscates the work of women, people of color and immigrants, and tries to alter that. . . . Anyone with an interest in American scientific or literary history will enjoy this collection.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers

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“Highly accessible, entertaining. . . . Every current theme, including buzz about free radicals and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, is tempered with a historical anecdote. Here, too, are cautionary concerns about henna tattoos, reminders to beware of ‘alternative science,’ and lots of humor. Weissmann’s science writing is juicy and conversational.”

Booklist

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“Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude.”

Kirkus Reviews

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“A rich layering of past, present, science, and literature to present diverse takes on the issue at hand. . . . Weissmann not only endeavors to connect the realms of literature and medicine, but also to create community among readers in light of class, race, religion, and age.”

Glassworks Magazine

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“This beautifully written novel provides a new perspective on the 19th century and it’s charming to imagine the character of Emily Dickinson as Norman Lock has written her.”

Amanda Holmes Duffy, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

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