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Keegan offers further evidence of her facility at imbuing short fiction with immense feeling and invoking a deceptively grand scale; a rich, compassionate work that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of 55 Hits That Changed Rock, R&B, and Soul

Pop-music fans of a certain age will enjoy this collection and might even use it as a playlist.

Sugar Street

A story of the desperation and ultimate impossibility of isolation, Dee’s narrative is a spider web of questions that won’t let readers go, questions like where does insanity begin and end? Readers of Dee’s earlier novels will not want to miss this page-turner.

Brother Alive

Blisteringly intelligent, bursting with profound feeling, and host to some of the most complex, necessary characters in recent memory.

The Hundred Waters

With a fluid writing style and a plot that moves along quickly, Acampora’s absorbing new work is an excellent choice for book discussion groups. Highly recommended.

Cat Brushing

A charming and incisive study of women in late life that will be revelatory to all readers.

Life Ceremony: Stories

Though a few stories could have been better developed, Murata’s premises are always eye-opening, and the result will intrigue and satisfy readers of literary and speculative fiction alike.

The Men

Intriguing, but will be most appealing to readers with a high tolerance for the unresolved.

Shifty’s Boys

Offutt follows the beautifully written The Killing Hills with another dark mystery featuring Mick Hardin. Fans of the author’s poetic writing, with moments of sly humor, will welcome this second compelling story of family, community, and grief.

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