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“Days of Our Lives” by Joan Aleshire

Issue No. 276 ~ May, 2020

Joan Aleshire is a poet of history, both personal and cultural, a chronicler of the moments that affect all of us, even by those who change our lives without us being aware. Aleshire uses the subtlety of narrative rather than showiness of language to put …

Call Me Guido by Mike Fiorito

Issue No. 271 ~ December, 2019

I have always been an admirer of everything Italian. Though, admirer does not sound like strong enough a word. Truth is: I believe my soul is Italian, and, in this life, I have been condemned to living away from my culture. For that reason, to …

Writing from the Inside of Postpartum Psychosis in Setting the Wire by Sarah Townsend

Issue No. 266 ~ July, 2019

Sarah Townsend’s Setting the Wire is a mother’s triumph over the unthinkable and a writer’s triumph over the form and the norms. But, most importantly, Setting the Wire acts as a witness to the female awakening. Sarah Townsend did not write about postpartum psychosis; she wrote from the inside of it. She wrote to understand, but what happened, in the end, is that she wrote to save, once again – herself and her family, and then, the other women and families affected by the obscure, still uncharted illness.

Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

Shadow Child, a suspenseful and beautifully written literary novel by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, the author of the acclaimed memoir Hiroshima in the Morning, interweaves narratives and voices to reveal harrowing secrets of two generations of strong-willed women. There are three time threads in the novel, …

Retro Book Review – The Best of C. L. Moore

Issue No. 247 ~ December, 2017

First published in the 1930s and 1940s, C. L. Moore’s collection of short stories embodies the otherworldly appeal of science fiction during that time, echoing America’s growing fascination with space exploration and its rapidly expanding multicultural awareness. But Moore’s stories were a level above the …

The Brick House

Issue No. 246 ~ November, 2017

  The brick house is not like any other house on the moor. Here the land stretches out greenly with its allochthonous grasses and the house stands matronly and alone on a rise on the wild sedge like an ancient dynamo and one Sitka spruce …

‘Hadriana in All My Dreams’ is a Sensuous Zombie Feast

Issue No. 241 ~ June, 2017

Zombies, Vodou, carnivals, mysteries of erotic passion and tales of unrequited love all flood the pages of René Depestre’s book, and it’s taken nearly thirty years to be released in English. Perhaps the English-speaking world wasn’t ready for the unapologetic sensuality of this book in …

Women Against the Apocalypse in The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Issue No. 241 ~ June, 2017

Thematically a dystopian novel, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan is the author’s genuine way to fight against the apocalypse, against the fear of geological catastrophe and of Earth’s dying and turning into ashes and dirt. The story unfolds in our near future after Wars …

MARLENA by Julie Buntin

Issue No. 239 ~ April, 2017

          “Tell me what you can’t forget, and I’ll tell you who you are” is the that opens Marlena, the astonishing first novel by New York-based writer Julie Buntin. In the form of a confessional narrative, Buntin writes about the kind …