Travis Fristoe

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Byron Easy

If this debut novel were half the size, or twice as humane (or even crueler), then this reviewer could recommend it. Now, however, he'd move to the other side of the train to get away from the ranting.
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Before I Burn

Despite these assets to the story, most readers will either acquiesce or roll their eyes at the fever pitch and labored first-person voice. Given the current appetite for Scandinavian thrillers, though, this book should find an ample, willing audience.
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An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky

Readers with a taste for adult fairy tales will want to experience this realm. [See Prepub Alert, 6/17/13.]
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Let the Games Begin

Not all readers will see the male characters' eccentricity as charming, but as a romp this will find an international audience.
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Babayaga

Barlow's true believers may seek this out, but discriminating paranormal readers might want to wait for the next one. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/13.]
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The Emperor's Tomb

Start with The Radetzky March, then continue with this book; the way Roth writes about lives and history is everything but boring.
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Necessary Errors

Not an easy exercise in nostalgia, this novel is a pleasure to navigate with its large, likable cast. Fans of Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station will find themselves similarly enchanted here.
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Horses of God

Even the most jaded and apolitical of American readers will find this short novel transfixing. Fans of Delillo's more astringent works will find a similar spirit here.
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Fight Song

There's still plenty to be said about middle-aged white guys in the suburbs. Especially if the storyteller is funny.
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