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Gabriel Tallent’s Literary Debut is an ‘Absolute Darling’

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Wow! My Absolute Darling is literary fiction at its finest! This vividly written debut is rich in language with full descriptive prose and incredibly complex characters. Turtle, a motherless teenager living with her reclusive and resourceful survivalist dad, has an unusual existence. Some of her days begin with raw eggs and a sip of beer before she goes on the bus to middle school. With little interaction amongst her classmates and not much interest in academics, her attendance is haphazard. Not the typical northern California fourteen-year-old, she spends lots of time wandering around alone outside in nature and is often busy cleaning her gun. Her large and physically imposing father, Martin, provides sparse supervision and motivation, yet he is all she has,…

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Love and Hardship Run Parallel for Andrea Jarrell in ‘I’m the One Who Got Away’

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When you look into your past, what do you see? For Andrea Jarrell, a tale as enlightening as it is melancholy, she sees a distraught past and a life caught between two parents. In I’m the One Who Got Away, Andrea recalls what life felt like when she watched her neighbor fall in love with a handsome young man named Craig – from meeting her at her home, to smiles seemingly from the heart. However, that all turns around when Andrea finds out the discouraging and frightening news that her next door neighbor’s relationship was not all that it seemed, and she was actually murdered by Craig. From there, Andrea is set into a whirlwind of emotions and memories of…

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Dina Nayeri’s ‘Refuge’ Follows One Woman’s Struggle to Find Her Roots

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In Refuge, Author Dina Nayeri follows Niloo, a young, married, Iranian woman on a journey to find herself and establish roots in a new land. Concurrently, through her father, Bahman’s experiences, we gain an understanding of their relationship and his attachment to home. In her early 30s, Niloo is living in Amsterdam with her French husband. Meanwhile, in Iran, her father is at the courthouse filing for a divorce from his third wife. Niloo hasn’t seen her father in many years, having left Iran with her mother and brother when she was 8 years old. Although she feels betrayed and disappointed by him, Niloo thinks of their few visits and the precious time they had together when she was a…

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