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This story of a mass shooting at a rural university explores surprising and interesting questions, like what happens in a marriage when "love can mature into a void"; how in the effort to distance ourselves from pain we can lose the ability to come across as experienced; and how with devastating results, the traumatized  and lost make friends with depression "so you no longer have to perceive it as a weakness."   I set aside more pressing reading projects to "dip into" this debut novel then I couldn't put it down.  I was blown away by the writing and the masterful use of 2nd person.  There's never a contrived, sentimental or sensational note although in less capable hands the subject matter lends itself to such pitfalls. An extraordinary debut. 



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ISBN: 9781945814938
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Published: Dzanc Books - September 10th, 2019

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“Is it an animal? Is it human? Is it an extraordinary freak of nature?” This fascinating biography takes us through all Barnum’s humbugs and hoaxes, from the Fejee Mermaid (part fish, part monkey skeleton), the “little general” Tom Thumb and Jumbo the Elephant, as well as his lectures on money making and temperance reform.  He created the ‘greatest show on earth’ but also suffered several catastrophic fires and bankruptcy. Writing with warmth and wisdom, Wilson resists the impulse to editorialize, but his meticulous research speaks for itself.  Whatever he was up to, Barnum emerges as complicated and vain, and in the words of one journalist, always “on the best possible terms with himself.”



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ISBN: 9781501118623
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2019

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Written as a letter to a mother who may never read it, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a painful and passionate story about identity, survival, loss and sex.  “Sex can get you close to a boy. But language,” Vuong writes, “gets you deeper.”  In this extraordinary debut novel by an established poet, language is key.  Elegiac in places, it cuts to the bone and will break your heart.


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ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019