Flash Review – Us by David Nicholls

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Us David Nicholls HarperCollins Publishers Release Date:  October 28, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-236558-3 Douglas Petersen is fifty-four years old, a biochemist by trade who had left the laboratory some years ago to become the head of Research and Development for a large corporation.  He has a beautiful, artistic wife and a seventeen year old son who [….]

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter HarperCollins Publishers First Edition – June 12, 2012 ISBN 978-0-06-192812-3 — ♦ — Towards the end of Jess Walter’s lovely new novel, Beautiful Ruins, one of the characters muses as the world is unraveling around him that life, despite all its shortcomings, is a “glorious catastrophe”.  It is this ability to recognize beauty [….]