Top Spring Indie Fiction: This Season Brings 14 Worthy Titles Beyond the Mainstream

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Blackman’s Hex seamlessly moves into gorgeously rendered fantasy worlds; Carswell is unexpectedly entertaining; Sidhu is swift, dense, and touching; Wood’s Natural Way of Things is shocking and vital, for all readers

Slave Narratives: Six Novels Explore a Painful Legacy

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The six novels offered here are all solid, and in two cases—Stephen O’Connor’s Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings and Ben H. Winters’s Underground Airlines—they are exceptional.

Claire Harman’s Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart; What To Read, Listen to, Watch Next | RA Crossroads

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In this column, the life of Charlotte Brontë and her creation Jane Eyre lead me down a winding path

Reading the Rails: How Australia’s Historic Railway Libraries Inspired a Novel

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“Libraries have always seemed sacrosanct; places of infinite promise. All the people, all the worlds, all the moments you might discover on their shelves.”

Fiction from Dutton, Hamilton, Hearn, Sykes, plus a Debut and Tolkien! | Xpress Reviews

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The complex mind of a woman ahead of her time; a refreshing look at ordinary lives; a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists; this debut novel’s vignette form may be difficult to follow; the mission to rid the land of the Butcher Bird is vastly entertaining; Tolkien’s early work is valuable for its historical significance

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2016

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Heart-racing adrenaline reads, atmospheric historicals, an operatic Spur of the Moment, plus revitalizing CF genre debuts, a season of searing erotica series, the moving journey of the Lilac Girls

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh | LJ Review

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This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event.

The Dig by John Preston | LJ Review

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This is a lively and informative fictionalized account of the 1939 excavation that unearthed the Anglo-Saxon royal treasure hoard, known as Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk, England.

It’s All Relative: Family Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2016

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An array of families are depicted in these debuts, from those falling apart at the seams to those ripped apart from inside to those trying very hard to keep what little they can together

The Big “What If?” | LJ Reviews, April 1, 2016

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Two entertaining novels that address the big questions: what if my life had gone differently? What would I do differently if I could go back and change it?