Litstack Rec The Goldfinch, & The Dead Lands

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The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt The reception Donna Tartt garnered for her third novel—her first in twelve years—was called a phenomenon and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 (among other honors). The story centers on young Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of [….]

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: Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

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Vacationland Sarah Stonich University of Minnesota Press Release Date:  March 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-8166-8766-4 Vacationland is a book that grabs you, not because of some harrowing drama or gripping plot twist, not due to a flamboyant cast of characters or unexpected turn of events or even because ordinary people have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances.  [….]

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 [….]

LitStack Review: The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla

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The World of the End Ofir Touché Gafla Translated from the Hebrew by Mitch Ginsburg Tor Books English Edition: June 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7653-3356-8 If there is any “location” that has been written about more than any other, it would be the place that exists (or doesn’t) once our lives on this mortal coil are [….]