Book Reviews

A Girl Goes Into The Forest by Peg Alford Pursell

A mantra thrums through the pages of A Girl Goes Into The Forest: “No one can deter a person from her mistakes.”



A Miracle Shy of Martyrdom by John Christopher Nelson

Wendell Ford owned and operated a two-chair barbershop in a dying strip mall, catty-corner from the Fullerton Public Library. Even Wendell had difficulty listing the two or three other businesses.


Research Notes

Willem Myra on Kennel-Born

And when you eventually let it slip that you authored something that someone else for whatever screwy reasons agreed to publish, you will hear it pointed back at you.



The Friendship PIP by Rosey Lee

The purpose of this PIP is to identify gaps in your performance as my best friend and provide you an opportunity to demonstrate improvement and commitment.


Book Reviews

One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello, tr William Weaver

Today, Luigi Pirandello is best known as a playwright. He won the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature primarily “for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art,” and with plays such as Six Characters in Search of an Author, he influenced such dramatists as Jean Anouilh, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugène Ionesco, and Samuel Beckett.



Something’s Gotta Give by Robyn Carter

The Walgreens air is buzzing a faint yellow-green that mutes everything inside you except the pain clenching and loosening its fist in your belly at intervals too random to decipher.


Book Reviews

Choke Box by Christina Milletti

How dangerous is a butter knife? In Christina Milletti’s Choke Box: a Fem-Noir, the answer is very.



Notes on a Departure by Abigail Oswald

We find the crop circle at the end of June. Mira wants to lie down in its center, so we do and she takes off her shirt, like sunbathing at midnight.


Book Reviews

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

The opening paragraph of Leonard and Hungry Paul introduces one of the two main characters and sets the tone — seemingly straightforward, quirky — that makes this first novel by Irish author Rónán Hession such a delight.


Research Notes

Kim Hooper on Tiny

Kim Hooper writes about the research behind her new novel Tiny.



Rustler by William Hawkins

She asks, What’s a rustler anyway?