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The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. Gary Shteyngart.

Shteyngart, Gary. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. Riverside, New York, 2002. F; 5/20. This author was one of a motley group selected by New Yorker (April 6 2020) editors to write whimsical reflections on COVID topics. I liked his arch acerbic … Continue reading

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A Lucky Man. Jamel Brinkley.

Brinkley, Jamel. A Lucky Man. Graywolf, Minneapolis, 2018. F;4/20 This is a collection of thoroughly lovely stories by a new fiction writer who has published in a variety of journals and earned short-listings and awards for this his first book. … Continue reading

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Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club. Megan Coles.

Coles, Megan. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club. Anansi, Toronto, 2019. F;3/20. I’ve just finished writing a review of August, a novel by a capable but self-appointed tough-guy male writer whose protagonist feels sorry for himself, and … Continue reading

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August. Callan Wink.

Wink, Callan. August. Random House, New York, 2020. F;4/20. I was impressed with this writer as you can see in my review of his short story collection strangely titled Dog Run Moon. I was looking forward to his taking on … Continue reading

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Middlemarch. George Eliot.

Eliot, George. Middlemarch. Blackwood and sons, London, 1871. F; 4/20. I still have the Riverside paperback version of this I bought at the UBC bookstore in 1968 for an English novel course. But I never read it. I remember looking … Continue reading

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The Topeka School. Ben Lerner.

Lerner, Ben. The Topeka School. Farrar, Straus, Giraux, New York, 2019. F;3/20. Number three in Lerner’s novel trilogy, this one fills in time gaps in the life ofthe overtly autobiographical Adam Gordon. Similarly to the second book in the trilogy … Continue reading

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10:04. Ben Lerner.

Lerner, Ben. 10:04. Granta, London, 2014. F; 2/20. This is the second of a “trilogy” by this fortyish author, who turned without exclusion from poetry to fiction in about 2011 and has had plenty of success in both genres. The three … Continue reading

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