Book Reviews

Z213: Exit by Dimitris Lyacos

Z213: Exit by Dimitris Lyacos

Translated by Shorsha Sullivan Shoestring Press, 2nd ed., 2016 ISBN: 9781910323625 Paperback, 152 pp. Review by Max Goodwin Brown Dimitris Lyacos’s Z213: Exit, translated into English by Shorsha Sullivan and published by Shoestring Press, is not an easy book to write about. The difficulty is […]

My Father Is an Angry Storm Cloud: Collected Stories by Melissa Reddish

My Father Is an Angry Storm Cloud: Collected Stories by Melissa Reddish

Tailwinds Press, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9904546-4-9 Perfect bound, 202 pp., $14 Review by Mary Lannon Melissa Reddish works in both the realist and fabulist traditions in her revelatory and socially conscious collection of short stories, My Father Is an Angry Storm Cloud. It is a credit […]

In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These by Kat Meads

In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These by Kat Meads

Mongrel Empire Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-9972517-4-6 Perfect bound, 243 pp., $18 Review by Heather L. Levy In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These, Kat Mead’s newest book, is a title certainly begging for notice, much like the struggles of her […]

Brown Bottle by Sheldon Lee Compton

Brown Bottle by Sheldon Lee Compton

Bottom Dog Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-933964-89-8 Paperback, 159 pp., $17 Review by Andrew T. Powers Sheldon Lee Compton’s new novel, Brown Bottle, is an Appalachian Gothic, a tragic Kentuckian tale with two shots of Jim Thompson and a jigger of William Faulkner stirred in for […]

strange theater by John Amen

strange theater by John Amen

NYQ Books, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-63045-008-3 Paperback, 107 pp., $14.95 Review by Andrew T. Powers Reading the poems in John Amen’s most recent collection, strange theater, is like rewiring one’s occult circuitry, what might be thought of as reconfiguring our capacity to read and interpret, and […]

Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories by Steve Karas

Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories by Steve Karas

Tailwinds Press, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9967175-0-2 Trade paperback, 229 pages, $14 Review by Robert Boucheron Kinda Sorta American Dream, Steve Karas’s first book, includes fourteen stories of varied length, ten of which have appeared in magazines. “Collected” in the title is a misnomer. Whiskey Paper Press […]

Near-Mint Cinderella by Alison Ruth

Near-Mint Cinderella by Alison Ruth

Aqueous Books, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9892387-4-8 Perfect bound, 331 pp., $16.99 Review by Mary Lannon In his essay, “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” James Baldwin famously castigated James Wright and Harriet Beecher Stowe for making characters who are “categorizations” or types rather than fully human: The failure of […]

Locust House by Adam Gnade

Locust House by Adam Gnade

Three One G/Pioneers Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-939899-24-8 Paperback, 53 pp., $13.99 Review by Andrew T. Powers Adam Gnade calls his new book, Locust House, a novella, and it falls within the page range of that designation, but I think of it as more of a […]

Pax Americana by Paul Otremba

Pax Americana by Paul Otremba

Four Way Books, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-935536-56-7 Perfect bound, 92 pp., $15.95 Review by Andrew Carroll and Nicole Reese Know this, reader: there is no music in this book. Paul Otremba’s Pax Americana is an anti-poetic meat-grind, a factory milling its product in the absence of […]

How Fast Can You Run by Harriet Levin Millan

How Fast Can You Run by Harriet Levin Millan

Harvard Square Editions, October 28, 2016 Release date: October 28, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-941861-20-2 Paperback, 351 pp., $22.95 Review by L. Shapley Bassen Why do the innocent suffer? In the chapter about the Book of Job, titled “Confrontation,” the main character of Jack Miles’ 1996 Pulitzer […]