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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Leah Hager Cohen's No Book But the World Debuts to a Rave 4-Star People Review

Only just on sale, and already No Book But the World is garnering rave reviews. People says in a 4-star review: "Cohen demonstrates a masterful talent, creating richly drawn characters and settings and supplying a satisfyingly shocking yet believable denouement."

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Miami Herald says The Swan Gondola is "one of the best novels you'll read all year"

In a rave review, The Miami Herald declares that The Swan Gondola is "one of the best novels you'll read all year," saying "At times gently funny, at times melodramatic, The Swan Gondola sweeps readers up into its considerable charms and does not relinquish them until the final paragraph."

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The New York Times Book Review is wild about On Such a Full Sea

In a rave, front-page review of On Such a Full Sea, The New York Times Book Review declares: “Watching a talented writer take a risk is one of the pleasures of devoted reading, and On Such a Full Sea provides all that and more. . . . Lee has always been preoccupied by the themes of hope and betrayal, by the tensions that arise in small lives in the midst of great social change. His marvelous new book, which imagines a future after the breakdown of our own society takes on those concerns with his customary mastery of quiet detail—and a touch of the fantastic. . . . With On Such a Full Sea, he has found a new way to explore his old preoccupation: ther oft-told tale of the desperate, betraying, lonely human heart.”

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Raves pour in for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea

The critics are piling on the praise for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea calling it "haunting" (O, the Oprah Magazine) and "riveting" (More), prompting one critic to ask, "Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?" (The Los Angeles Times)

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Boston Globe full of praise for VANISHED

Wil Hylton's Vanished received an excellent review in The Boston Globe, which declared: "Vanished...marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells." Read the full review here.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

The New York Times Book Review raves about Daniel Alarcon's "layered, gorgeously nuanced" new novel, At Night We Walk In Circles

"Wise and engaging….a provocative study of the way war culture ensnares both participant and observer, the warping fascination of violence, and the disfiguring consequences of the roles we play in public…[a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work….the ending is a quiet bomb, as satisfying as it is ambiguous." To read the full review, click here.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Boston Globe reviews Patty Chang Anker's SOME NERVE

Patty Chang Anker's SOME NERVE just received a delightful review in the Boston Globe, which writes: "As she confronts her own difficulty...Anker grounds her observations in her own generous, warm world view." Read the full review here.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Washington Post raves about Michael Sokolove's DRAMA HIGH

Of Michael Sokolove's Drama High, The Washington Post writes: "A good reporter can make almost any story interesting. A great reporter makes it blossom. With the kind of diligent, thorough and imaginative reporting not seen enough these days, Sokolove not only brings a teacher, his students and their community to life, he also opens the story to larger matters." Read the full review here.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Washington Post review of James McBride's THE GOOD LORD BIRD

THE GOOD LORD BIRD goes on sale today! The Washington Post writes: "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel by James McBride...There is something deeply humane in this [story], something akin to the work of Homer or Mark Twain... McBride’s Little Onion — a sparkling narrator who is sure to win new life on the silver screen — leads us through history’s dark corridors, suggesting that “truths” may actually lie elsewhere." Read the full review here.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

NYTBR loves James McBride's THE GOOD LORD BIRD

The New York Times Book Review raves about James McBride's latest, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, on the front page of this Sunday's print edition: "Magnificent...a brilliant romp of a novel...McBride...pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page." Read the full review online here.

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