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Review: There’s Something I Want You To Do

I have a new review up at Heavy Feather Review of Charles Baxter’s There’s Something I Want You To Do, a new collection of stories.

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I didn’t say this in the review, but it’s not my favorite cover in the world, mainly because I kept setting it on the coffee table and then wouldn’t be able to find it. Other than that, I really liked it. At this point Charles Baxter could write a grocery list and I’d want to read it.

Review: Get in Trouble

I have a new review up at Heavy Feather Review: Kelly Link’s story collection Get In Trouble.

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In some ways it made sense for me to review this book (I love short stories; I have a Ph.D. English) and in some ways it was a stretch (I am very much a realism girl), but there’s something so captivating and odd about Link’s work that makes me love to sink in and enjoy the weirdness as I work it through my head.

If you haven’t read her stories yet, I highly recommend them!

Review in GHLL

A big thanks to Adam Brooke Davis for the review of It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories in Green Hills Literary Lantern. He writes, “There are numerous worthy currents in the class stream of the distinctively American short story. One of them, the best in my view, is the modest rumination, carried out through close observation, in unpretentious prose, of worthwhile people in ordinary circumstances. Flanagan fishes in that stream; she has he eye and intuition to plop her float easily and naturally where things are moving in the depths.”

You can read the full review here.