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Pandemic & Politics: Ongoing Concerns; Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2021, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Her Here

Elena’s narrative-within-a-narrative nicely reveals the creative process, while Dennis’s larger story confirms the value of living boldly even as we step back to frame our experiences. Highly recommended.

Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer

The narrative can get a little lost in the gorgeous, reflective language but remains an absorbing study of memory and grief.

Lorna Mott Comes Home

The crises here aren’t huge, but they are real and insightfully played as Johnson delivers a satisfying understanding of life’s constant vagaries.

Second Place

A gorgeously sculpted story of living and learning; for all readers.


The Bridgetower Sonata

Charming in its details and sharply perceptive in its intent, this fluidly translated work is not just for music lovers but for everyone interested in the culture and history of its setting, and in the risks of friendship.

Painting Time

There’s only one word for it: superbe.

From English Witch Hunts to World War II: Historical Fiction Previews, Aug. 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert


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