Book Reviews

Alligators in the Night by Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass’ newest collection of flash and micro fiction titled Alligators at Night illustrates why she is a master of short fiction.



The American Family Johnson Throws a Birthday by Robert John Miller

Ernie’s nephew, Fritz, received his party invitation by way of email while hauling a truckload of scratch-n-dent candies to a backcountry cattle ranch two weeks in advance.

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Book Reviews

The Lonesome Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya, tr Asa Yoneda

The tales in The Lonesome Bodybuilder place the reader in seemingly ordinary settings — so ordinary that when the strangeness encroaches in the form of alien customers and umbrellas that make businessmen fly, Yukiko Motoya’s narration blends the bizarre so seamlessly into its mundane backdrop that we easily accept it.



Flight Aids Minus the Wings and Fuselage by Julie C. Day

Let’s be honest, references to the body of an airplane are nothing but linguistic propaganda. Metal wings and manufactured fuselages are the antithesis of scar-powered, human flight. An obvious truth: people can’t surmount their own hard ground while strapped in and contained.

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An Interview With David H. Lynn

David H. Lynn discusses his new short story collection Children of God and his editorship of the Kenyon Review with Grayson Treat.

Book Reviews

Her Adult Life by Jenn Scott

Scott’s riveting emotional book stands out for the strength of its writing and for its portraits of small town waitresses, factory workers and fast food restaurant managers not often seen in contemporary fiction.



Deluge by Jack Somers

A single fat droplet hit the singed crown of Maximilian’s scallop, spread into a glassy oval, and dissolved. Maximilian swallowed the remnants of crostini he was languidly munching and glanced up at the ceiling.

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Portrait of Sebastian Khan by Aatif Rashid

One of the most striking qualities of Aatif Rashid’s debut novel, Portrait of Sebastian Khan, is its ability to lay bare misunderstanding, in the moment it appears.



Proving Ground by Lori Barrett

Phoebe sat up to look. Four days of driving across the country, warm air blowing in the windows, had weaved the hair on the back of her head into a ball. White and yellow lights dotted the darkness on her mom’s side of the car.

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Prodigal Children in the House of G-d by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Taub’s characters, though rooted in religious and cultural specificity, convey a sense of common humanity in all its complicated glory.



Lost Girls by Nicole Simonsen

The window sill in Louisa’s bedroom has fallen off again. She is about to push the sill back in place when she notices that the wall is hollow. A feeling comes over her, a voice whispers put your hand inside.