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The End of Drum-Time

Even as the distinctive time period and locale set apart this complex saga of birth, death, love, and broken hearts, Pylväinen deftly shows how people can become mired in poverty and personal entanglements any time, any place.

The Winners

Backman leaves no emotion unturned, sweeping up the reader in riveting family dramas that jump the boundaries of hockey-town rivalries. Another winner.

Girl Flees Circus

Smith’s afterword states that this story is based on Amelia Earhart’s forced stopover in Hobbs, NM, in 1928, but award-winning Smith’s playful, entertaining tale surpasses real life with likable, off-center characters in the fading days of slap-dash, swashbuckling aviators. Not to be missed.

I Am the Light of This World

A heart-wrenching story compounded by misguided decisions and bad luck, Earl’s life could form the basis of the blues songs he and Arthur so loved. For most fiction readers.

A History of Present Illness

DeForest’s fast-paced, tell-it-like-it-is story describes medical school in harrowing detail, with all the niceties stripped away. Essential insights for lay readers.

Any Other Family

Brown pulls no punches as she explores adoption and the experience of parenting in this intensely emotional novel, thought-provoking to the last page.

Vigil Harbor

Deftly weaving together eight intersecting stories, Glass offers fiction steeped in current events that her loyal followers will appreciate.

Lucky Turtle

Just how Roorbach dovetails Cindra’s two disparate lives gives her story intensity and shows the power of love from many sources. An engrossing novel with standout characters.


Huneven’s breezy style carries the plot, which is peppered with standout characters guaranteed to resemble someone readers know, and she addresses church philosophy with a light touch that many will appreciate.

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