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  • Book Reviews

    If The Ice Had Held by Wendy J. Fox

    Fox brings to the family saga a poet’s eye for those details that convey the hidden mass of the iceberg and its ineluctable momentum, and her incisive prose cuts a channel through the ice of family silences to show us the choppy waters of lore, of secrets, of hidden loves from which we all emerge.

    Research Notes

    Jessica Handler on The Magnetic Girl

    In order to travel back in time, a writer needs a map. Not a GPS, redirecting and redirecting as it evaluates traffic from a satellite. No mechanized voice from my phone, scolding me to take a left in fifty, forty, thirty feet. When I traveled to 1880s America, I used a physical map.

    Fiction

    Evidence by Anna Mantzaris

    As a child I thought the name was pity helmet, which is what my mother called it each time she spotted our neighbor — a divorced man with custody of five — wearing one.

    Fiction

    My Job by Mikan Ai, tr Marissa Skeels

    Book Reviews

    Girl Zoo by Aimee Parkison and Carol Guess

    The book burns hot for the entirety of its read-time, and ultimately, leaves the reader with a puzzling-yet-fitting finish.

    Fiction

    Afflicted by Ellen Rhudy

    Not all girls leave a slime trail wherever they go; but the ones who do, Martine’s aunt says, are uniquely beautiful.

    Interviews

    The World as Something Recognizable: Interviews with Cary Holladay and Charles Dodd White

    Cary Holladay and Charles Dodd White recently read each other’s new books, swapped questions and answers, and found mon ground in dangerous characters, moments of weirdness, and “thoughts that would shame hell.”

    Fiction

    Da Capo al Coda by Emily Livingstone

    I’m only humming, not singing with my whole throat and mouth, not letting the vibrations emanate even from my sharp, pearly teeth — yet still, the boat es nearer, and the people on board don’t seem to know why. I stop then, and watch, as they shake their heads to dispel my influence, and the boat gradually resumes its original course.

    Book Reviews

    The Wolf Tone by Christy Stillwell

    Through a smartly constructed plot, Stillwell suggests that conflicting impulses—to stay or to go, to e close or create distance—may be present in the same person.

    Fiction

    Sixteen Bios My Best Guy Friend (BGF) Rudely Rejected When I Was Just Trying To Help Him Develop His #Branding For His First Published Story by Maya Jewell Zeller

    Book Reviews

    The Bird Catcher and Other Stories by Fayeza Hasanat

    Anyone meticulously following the strings will be rewarded by the rich tapestry of character development Hasanat’s writing brings to each story.