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Book Reviews by Title - F (46)

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  • Book Type Novel
  • by Eugene Lim
  • Date Published September 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-0963753601
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 276pp
  • Price $10.00
  • Review by John Madera
If divorce is a totaled car, then Eugene Lim’s Fog & Car is a multiple vehicle pile-up. Huge accidents tend to occur in rain or fog – the low-visibility tricking drivers into thinking other cars are further away than they really are. Throwing everything into darkness, Lim’s novel forces its characters, and the reader, to crane forward, to squint their eyes, to try get their bearings, just to keep from crashing. And all of this happens after an off-stage break-up.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Charles W. Pratt
  • Date Published October 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9801672-8-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 86pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Sima Rabinowitz
This volume contains poems from Pratt’s two previous published collections, from an unpublished earlier manuscript, and new poems. The collection is bookended by poems that consider the poet in the world: an early poem (1986) that situates the poet “In the Woods” (“What’s he doing, you’d wonder, here in the very / Middle of the woods, shouldering logs from a stack / Someone cut and left so long ago”) and a new poem, “Resolution” that is decidedly more global in scope and perspective (“When the tsunami draws back its fistful of waters / And crushes the city, let me for once be ready /…When the suicide bomber squeezes the trigger / And fierce flames spurt and wild the body parts fly, / Let me be holding my lover or drinking my coffee // Let us be drinking our coffee, unprepared”).
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Rich Murphy
  • Date Published 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-1599243092
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 27pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Roy Wang
Family Secret is an exercise in using whimsical metaphor and sound to illustrate the rather serious business of love's inadequate worldly manifestations. With his quatrains of irreverent, fanciful observations, Murphy draws conclusions about the absurdity of love in the world we've elected to build.
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  • Book Type Prose
  • by Allison Carter
  • Date Published November 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-1934254073
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 105pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Sarah Sala
Allison Carter’s book of experimental prose isn’t, as Danielle Dutton suggests in the introduction to the slender volume, “a kind of writing that gets called ‘cross-genre’ because it pulls all the best aspects from poetry and all the best aspects from fiction.” A Fixed, Formal Arrangement is far beyond that in its originality of thought and image as to feel like a new genre altogether; something like a planet and a star colliding, fusing a third heavenly body in the process. No longer a star and a planet, they orbit away – a wondrously altered thing.
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