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Loving You the Way I Do by Ron Savage
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“Ron Savage’s tales—through terse, compact, suggestive phrases opens to the reader the inner world of his characters, while understatedly describing an indifferent, often harsh, world within which they are encased—take on many of the vexing issues (such as: war, violence, and the resulting physical and/or psychological trauma) of our contemporary world. His stories reveal what’s going on rather then tendentiously preach about the innumerable social ills of these ‘end times.'”
—Csaba Polony

Losing Camille by Paul Kilgore
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“There’s a good drinker’s mixture of ten tales in this book. Dark religious fanaticism in ‘Elders,’ sweet memories of a wise grandfather in ‘There is Sadness,’ an eerie story of a high school teacher haunted by prescient nightmares, a lawyer story maybe from the author’s experience (he is one …), and my favorite: ‘Farm Buying,’ a riotously funny story of the Christmas dinner from hell. The author’s clear eye for detail, and his curiosity about his characters, indicate that he’s probably a pretty good lawyer too!”
—Bill Holm

Children and Lunatics by Megan McNamer
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“Megan McNamer’s Children and Lunatics reminds us that madness is created by life’s tragedies and that comfort is found in the most ordinary of places: every third house on a block, a chair, a thrift store purse, a cafe table. We are taken on a skillful journey full of mystery and sadness while being reminded that it is our connection to one another that keeps us from total despair. McNamer’s two central characters are nameless, which means they might be anyone, they are our invisible neighbors, and our potential friends and saviors. There are acts of kindness and acts of violence in this book and I cared so much for the characters that I couldn’t stop reading, and I couldn’t stop hoping for their salvation.”
—Mary Jane Nealon, author of Beautiful Unbroken, winner of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize