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The Boy and the Dog by Seishu Hase

A remarkable dog with eerily sentient powers enters and passes through the lives of seven people struggling to heal from life-changing natural disasters. It is sweet but strong, gritty but tender. A wonderful gift.

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

Dark, sinister, intricate and ultimately surprising, this art and antique-themed thriller will engage the reader’s interest up to and including the final shocking reveal.

Liberation Day by George Saunders

Saunders once again shows why he enjoys a stellar reputation. These powerful and moving stories, limned with a stunning variety of styles are magnetic, appalling and inspirational by turns. The collection can be recommended to anyone who loves great writing.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

This wildly imaginative journey into the library wing of Hell where unrealized manuscripts lay housed includes chases, fights, literary duels and a salmagundi of characters from various mythological realms. A true delight.

Blitz by Daniel O’Malley

A sprawling fantasy with astonishingly creative imaginings will delight fans of the genre. It is the third of a series but will stand alone admirably. Mutants of bizarre varieties, personal peril and heroism make this a real page-turner.

Hell and Back by Craig Johnson

This foray into the spirit world will not surprise veteran readers and will please newcomers to the series. Walt deals with the past, with regret and guilt, with spiritual peril but as usual, Henry and Vic are there to back him up. Great stuff!

Mr. Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe

A fictional biography of Billy Wilder’s years as a filmmaker by a young woman who accidentally finds herself working with his company is warm and full. A joy to read.

The Slowworm’s Song by Adam Miller

This story of a man struggling to reconcile his past, laden with guilt and regret and to forge a loving relationship with an estranged daughter is poignant and moving. Fine writing and an intelligent approach to human frailty and redemption make this a compelling narrative.

A Single Rose by Muriel Barbary

A lyrical and exquisitely limned journey through pain, regret and suffering to joy. The evocation of Japanese culture and philosophy is soothing and enlightening.