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Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman
Honeydew: Stories

Elliott, February 21, 2015

Once again, Pearlman shows her mastery over the short story. What amazes me about her glorious work is that so few readers know about her. I hope this book changes that. One cannot help but love the preciseness of her language, the complexity of her characters, and the surprising turns that can happen within these magnificent stories. Such richness can be found in her work that is so rare to uncover in literature now. Pearlman can deal deftly with solitude, disappointment, and, ultimately grace. If you have not read her before, please read her now. This book is an essential read for anyone who loves great writing.
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven

Elliott, December 30, 2014

My first reaction was, "Do we really need another dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel?" It's not my favorite subject and I tend to grow tired of the pitfalls that come with reading these types of work, but Emily St. John Mandel amazingly manages to overcome all my opposition and defy cliche through a riveting plot, strong characters, and beautiful prose. She deftly crafts a story that makes the reader wonder how all of this is going to be tied together and, in the end, amazes them with how she has done it so seamlessly.
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Elliott, September 1, 2014

Murakami has a devotional fan base that eagerly awaits his newest novel each time one is published. After the bizarre bulk that was 1Q84, this slender novel is more controlled and no less creative than previous works. Once again, Murakami weaves a tale of past and present deftly telling the story of "colorless" Tsukuru who thinks himself unnecessary after his five friends suddenly and without explanation banish him from their tight group. As the years pass and the story unfolds, he will begin to see how truly integral he is to them. Like previous Murakami novels, this one does not answer all the questions and leaves many unanswered. This is more an interior journey than an external one. Like other protagonists from Haruki Murakami's fiction, Tsukuru wrestles with memory and reality, sometimes unsure of which is which.
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Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken
Thunderstruck and Other Stories

Elliott, April 26, 2014

Elizabeth McCracken is one of our must underrated and talented writers. From her first collection of short stories and her two novels, as well as her memoir of loss, she has proven how strong and unique her voice is as a writer. This collection of short stories is no different. Each of the characters and each of the stories she has written are unforgettable from "Something Amazing" to the last one, "Thunderstruck," from which this collection takes its name. Even when writing about loss, McCracken does so in ways that are true, funny, and profound. McCracken's works are a true gift to any reader.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Elliott, June 20, 2013

Once again, Gaiman delivers. A brilliantly and imaginatively rendered modern fairy tale that never fails to surprise and move the reader. In this slender novel, he plays with the uncertainties of memory, what's real and what's imagined. It is a tightly focused narrative that creates a whole new mythology that reads as if it has always existed. It is easily one of Neil Gaiman's best books.
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