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      Research Notes

      Golden Heart Parade by Joseph Holt

      We all want to write novels. Novels, we think, are the greatest form of literary achievement. They’re ambitious, they’re plex, they explore themes that sustain readers over hundreds of pages.

      Fiction

      Castle by Peter Witte

      This oil painting is of a red castle towering over dark green foliage, set against a blue sky. Our perspective, as audience, places us on the ground, near the trees, looking up.

      Book Reviews

      King of the Animals by Josh Russell

      In King of the Animals, Josh Russell’s characters trade clothes, homes, kisses, insults, sad stories, and identities as they struggle to make sense of a nation changing faster than they can adapt.

      Fiction

      Knocks by Josh Krigman

      Months ago I made an arrangement with my neighbor. Whenever he wants to smoke a cigarette, which he always does out the open window in his living room, he knocks twice on our shared wall.

      Book Reviews

      Disintegration in Four Parts by Jean Marc Ah-Sen, Emily Anglin, Devon Code, and Lee Henderson

      This strange, charming, and wistful collection springs from a one-sentence starting point: “All purity is created by resemblance and disavowal.”

      Fiction

      How to Say Hey Bear and Why by Steph Sorensen

      They say that if you see a bear, you should speak these words: “Hey, Bear.”

      Book Reviews

      Living Dolls and Other Women by S. Montana Katz

      The Living Dolls and Other Women is a book with a mission: to remind us all (especially women) of How Things Used to Be.

      Fiction

      Nose Running by Russell Nichols

      A boy is born, nose running before he knows why, but he knows this place doesn’t feel like home…

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      Book Reviews

      Love Stories for Hectic People by Catherine McNamara

      In Love Stories for Hectic People, Catherine McNamara collects thirty-three stories spanning a breathless ninety-nine pages. Never predictable or saccharine, the stories are funny, shocking, carnal, familial, transgressive, transcendent — and full of movement.

      Fiction

      Crematorium by Isabella Cruz

      The doctor gives me conflicting information about my heart.

      Interviews

      An interview with Ron Nyren

      A conversation with Ron Nyren about his recent novel The Book of Lost Light.