LitStack Recs: Life Drawing & Viva Frida

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Life Drawing, by Robin Black “Nobody outside a marriage can understand it,” the narrator of Life Drawing tells us. Augusta Edelman is a painter, married to Owen, a writer, and they have moved to the Pennsylvania countryside to live in the quiet and pursue their work. The Edelmans have been together for over two decades, [….]

Litstack Review: And There Was Evening And There Was Morning, by Mike Smith

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And There was Evening And There Was Morning, Essays on Illness, Loss, and Love, by Mike Smith (WTAW Press) “Mourning,” Hilary Mantel wrote, “is work. It is not simply being sad. It is naming your pain. It is witnessing the sorrow of others, drawing out the shape of loss.” Who among us, when grieving, is [….]

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: No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey

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No One Could Have Guessed the Weather Anne-Marie Casey Amy Einhorn Books First Edition: June 13, 2013 ISBN 978-0399160219 When asked to name a social network, most people would probably say Facebook, Twitter or  perhaps reddit.  A few may even mention MySpace or Google+.  Right now, when I think “social network,” I think of Anne-Marie [….]