Author Archives: Laura

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

One of the Boys is a heartbreaking debut novel about two boys and their father, starting a new life in Albuquerque. At first, I thought maybe, just maybe, it was a good thing these boys were no longer with their mother, whom they all claim to hate. Their father, a dreamer (narcissist?), says they’ll have

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A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

The newest novel from Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, is A Piece of the World, a fictional biography of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous subject. Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World depicts his neighbor, Anna Christina Olson. While much is known about this woman in connection to Wyeth, Kline fills in the gaps in our knowledge

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The Golden Age by Joan London

The Golden Age, by Australian novelist and bookseller Joan London, takes place in a hospital for children recovering from polio in Perth in the 1950’s. That may not sound like a particularly cheerful subject and, in many ways, it isn’t. The novel covers not only the ravages of polio, but also, because it centers around

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So Much for That Winter by Dorthe Nors

The two novellas in So Much for That Winter have certain things in common with each other and relatively little in common with anything else I’ve ever read. They are unique in form. “Minna Needs Rehearsal Space” is told in declarative sentences, one after another, one line at a time, never grouped as paragraphs. “Days” is a

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