LitStack Review: The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

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The Jesus Cow Michael Perry Harper Release Date:  May 19, 2015 ISBN 978-0-06-228991-9 You know you’re reading a mighty special book when the two sentence prologue completely captivates: On Christmas Eve itself, the bachelor Harley Jackson stepped into his barn and beheld there illuminated in the straw a smallish newborn bull calf upon whose flank [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ by Nickolas Butler

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Shotgun Lovesongs Nickolas Butler Thomas Dunne Books Release Date:  March 11, 2014 ISBN 978-1-250-03981-1 It’s rare when  you read a book set in the rural heartland, and the characters feel grounded and real – not quirky or bizarre or bruised or brutal – just an ordinary sort of real.  It almost seems that there’s a [….]

LitStack Review: The House Girl by Tara Conklin

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The House Girl Tara Conklin HarperCollins Publishers First Edition: February 12, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-220739-5 Mister hit Josephine with the palm of his hand across her left cheek and it was then she knew she would run.  She heard the whistle of the blow, felt the sting of skin against skin, her head spun and she [….]

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman William Morrow/Harper Collins First Edition: June 18, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-225565-5 It might be easy to mistake Neil Gaiman‘s latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, as a children’s book.  It’s a slender volume, quickly read, and told mostly from the viewpoint of [….]