non-fiction

How the Quiet Breathes by John Michael Flynn

Flynn's prose at every turn is crisp and evocative; he has a gift for the description of cities, landscapes and characters-the latter seem so real one could almost touch them. John Michael Flynn's language dazzles to a very real end. The range of tones and locales he uses is impressive but more impressive is the… Continue reading How the Quiet Breathes by John Michael Flynn

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The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Reviewed by Kelsie Colclough The End We Start From is Megan Hunter’s ambitious debut novella. Exploring motherhood in a flooded Britain is a fascinating concept delivered in the novella in a shaky format. The End We Start From leaves you feeling that more than Britain has flooded and been swept away; character names are reduced… Continue reading The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

non-fiction

In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Reviewed by Clea Dobrish In The Dream House ​by Carmen Maria Machado- a raw, honest, and innovatively told memoir that paints a new picture of abuse. Machado has recently made herself known in the literary world with her short story collection titled ​Her Body and Other Parties​. Using fairy tales to depict the stories of… Continue reading In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

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Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

Reviewed by David Salner William Heath’s distinguished writing career includes scholarly books plus crime and historical novels. With these two new chapterbooks Heath shows us what he can do as a poet, from sunlit imagery to heartfelt lament. The reader would expect a mastery of setting in a volume titled Leaving Seville. But Heath’s lines… Continue reading Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

historical fiction

Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Reviewed by Nadia Benjelloun Bombs, beards, and belly-dancing. Rather than just a fun alliteration to say, this phrase would summarize what would come to mind upon hearing the word Arab. This is the epitome of orientalism. It’s all due to narrative, but just as there are misconstrued Arab and Muslim representations from sources that range… Continue reading Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

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Numan Versus Numan: A Dark Comedy by Nicky Blue

We all have idols. Five’s idol was Gary Numan, and it was his destiny to become the world's leading tribute act. His band, 'The Romford Bombers,' became an instant sensation in Essex. On top of the world, Five had no idea things were about to turn savage when a new group, ‘The Storm Troopers’ fronted… Continue reading Numan Versus Numan: A Dark Comedy by Nicky Blue