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18 reviews

Edinburgh, by Alexander Chee

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dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

“They can’t see that I have a secret as big as me. A secret replaces me.” 

A phenomenal novel about desire and despair. 
The Other Mother, by Rachel M. Harper

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emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

An emotional page-turner that I feel ultimately says family and community is created, not bestowed or passed along. Finding and creating such is a challenging, but worthwhile endeavor.
Novelist as a Vocation, by Haruki Murakami

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lighthearted reflective medium-paced

3.5

This book shines when Murakami is reflective about how he’s developed his style and process. Otherwise, meh. 
Jazz, by Toni Morrison

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emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

The Birdcatcher, by Gayl Jones

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challenging dark emotional funny reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Disturbing, yet dynamic novel with excellent dialogue that makes up for a lack of a plot.
Cold Enough for Snow, by Jessica Au

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emotional inspiring relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

A stunning novel about how memories and stories (and therefore, people) are held and connected, passed along and sometimes forgotten. 
The Rabbit Hutch, by Tess Gunty

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emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing, by Carl Phillips

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inspiring reflective medium-paced

5.0

I finished this feeling simultaneously inspired and conflicted - a whole wilderness of emotions, doubts, possibilities, and impossibilities. And now, I’m going to write. 
Generations: A Memoir, by Lucille Clifton

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emotional funny inspiring reflective fast-paced

5.0