Seductive Teens | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A perfectly-paced novel that breathes new life into the well-worn tropes of young seduction, romantic obsession, and affluence; a well-written but bleak novel about teenage friendship and the emotional land mines of high school

Homes for Moms | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

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An interesting novel that explores the history of Melbourne through the eyes of a series of single mothers; a poignant novel from two difficult perspectives that spans several complex and often controversial topics; an absorbing modern family saga about a 48-year-old Indian-American woman who becomes a surrogate with her younger lover

Fiction from Bear, Beverly-Whittemore, Buchman, Farrow, Tanner, Wilde, & Winter | Xpress Reviews

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Stories from sf genius Bear; a story for Hollywood fans from Beverly-Whittemore; firefighting helicopter-style from Buchman; “Prentiss has created a remarkable debut”; fascinating political fiction from Tanner; baseball romance from Wilde; “a sort of robotic Wuthering Heights

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood | LJ Review

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Making her U.S. debut with a novel that won the Australian Independent Booksellers Award as Best Novel and Best Book of the Year, Wood effectively renders the captors’ brutality and the women’s Lord-of-the-Flies struggle to survive.

Curtis Sittenfeld | LibraryReads Author, April 15, 2016

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“I really like writing about characters who are smart but make a lot of mistakes or see things inaccurately, who are intelligent and observant and fairly misguided,” confided Sittenfeld in a conversation with LJ about her lusciously entertaining new novel, Eligible.

Q&A: Alison Case | Debut Spotlight, April 15, 2016

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Alison Case, an English professor at Williams College, MA, intimately knows the world of 19th–century British fiction, lending an unmistakable authenticity to the language and flow of her debut novel, Nelly Dean.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 15, 2016

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Librarian Coupe’s debut should resonate with readers; there’s much to love in Amy Snow; top spring indie fiction; slave narratives; from friends to lovers romances; dystopian sf from Smaill and Griep, another epic triumph from Guy Gavriel Kay

Fiction from Armstrong, Brennan, Hawley, Thomas, and a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Armstrong delivers a solid police procedural; debuter Bell’s heroine steals the show with her gutsy nonconformity; anyone who enjoys tantalizing mysteries will be drawn into Brennan’s latest; Hawley’s latest promises to be a must-read; Thomas’s “Ransom Canyon” title will grab readers

New Charity Blues by Camille Griep | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of New Charity Blues by Camille Griep

Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell | LJ Review

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Rindell’s second novel (after her acclaimed debut, The Other Typist) offers a captivating look into the vibrancy of mid-20th-century New York City through the eyes of three flawed and therefore, fascinating young characters.