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earl-merkel's picture
Jan.19.2008
… A powerful bomb destroys a family planning clinic in the Northwest Florida town of Spanish Bay; as firefighters and other first-responders engage in a desperate attempt at rescue, a follow-up bomb, timed to catch them unaware, detonates with lethal results. … A 13-year-old girl collapses in a...
barry-gifford's picture
Dec.21.2007
Gifford (Wild at Heart) never shies away from confrontational fiction even when it strains credulity. Yet these four well-wrought, linked novellas, all dealing with struggle and violence—particularly violence toward women—and all set in dark corners of the South, all have the stamp of truth. Big...
t-coraghessan-boyle's picture
Dec.17.2007
Few authors in America write with such sheer love of story, language, and imagination as T. C. Boyle, and nowhere is that passion more evident than in his inventive, wickedly funny, and widely praised short stories. In After the Plague, his sixth collection of stories, Boyle exhibits his maturing...