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Sneak Peek: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
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Sneak Peek: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

A stunning surrealist portrait about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us. This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend. Then […]

First Look Club: Jed reviews Florida
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First Look Club: Jed reviews Florida

Reviewed by Jed Cruz FLORIDA By Lauren Groff 288 pp. Riverhead Books. Florida opens with a nameless woman going for a nighttime jog as a constant monologue goes on in her head. She thinks about her family, and her neighborhood, […]

First Look Club: Kai reviews Florida
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First Look Club: Kai reviews Florida

Reviewed by Kai Jimenez FLORIDA By Lauren Groff 288 pp. Riverhead Books. We leave so much of ourselves in the places we visit, and most especially in the places we inhabit. Places hold so many stories left by transients like […]

First Look Club: Jed reviews Rainbirds
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First Look Club: Jed reviews Rainbirds

Reviewed by Jed Cruz RAINBIRDS By Clarissa Goenawan 336 pp. Soho Press. When protagonist Ren Ishida walks into a police station in the opening pages of Rainbirds to inquire about the circumstances surrounding the murder of his older sister, it […]

First Look: America Is Not the Heart
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First Look: America Is Not the Heart

A sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. Chris and Katya of the First Look Club dive into Elaine Castillo’s debut […]