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‘Virtue,’ by Hermione Hoby: An Excerpt

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. There’s something kind of gratifying about a really bad birthday. Toward the garish end of 2016, the year our idols died, I turned twenty‑three alone, failing to read a book in the dim eggy light of a deserted Chinatown bar. […]

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‘Mary Jane,’ by Jessica Anya Blau: An Excerpt

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. 1 Mrs. Cone showed me around the house. I wanted to stop at every turn and examine the things that were stacked and heaped in places they didn’t belong: books teetering on a burner on the stove, a coffee cup […]

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‘Broken Horses: A Memoir,’ by Brandi Carlile: An Excerpt

MENINGITIS AND THE EARLY EDUCATION OF AN EMPATH The Carliles are nail-biters. I started biting my nails at three years old. Everyone told me that if I didn’t keep my hands out of my mouth, I’d get sick. I contracted meningococcal meningitis at age four. We were living in Burien, Washington, in a single-wide trailer […]

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‘Red Island House,’ by Andrea Lee: An Excerpt

The Packet War I am a big house seen from afar Not even a whole crowd can take it apart but if they do, it takes revenge. And when those from across the sea catch sight of me I add them to my servants. —“Ibonia,” traditional epic of Madagascar, translated by Lee Haring There are […]

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‘Wild Rain,’ by Beverly Jenkins: An Excerpt

Spring Lee held tightly onto the reins of her wagon and cursed the blinding blizzard she was driving through. With her hat pulled low, muffler wound up to her eyes, and wearing the thick oversize buffalo coat given to her by her cantankerous grandfather Ben, she was dressed for the brutal weather. It was early […]

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‘Dear Child,’ by Romy Hausmann: An Excerpt

Student, 23, missing in Munich Munich (LR)—The Munich police are searching for clues relating to the whereabouts of Lena Beck, 23, from Munich-Haidhausen. According to eyewitnesses, the student was at a party on Tuesday night in the Maxvorstadt district until around 5 a.m. On the way home she telephoned a friend. Her cell phone has […]

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‘The End of the Day,’ by Bill Clegg: An Excerpt

With her back against the foyer floor, Jackie lies still and watches dust motes rise in slow motion around and above her. She’d drifted to sleep after falling, but has no idea for how long. By the angle of light beaming from the kitchen window, she figures it must be early afternoon. She’d been awake […]