Archives For Fiction

 

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler

*** Read an op-ed from the NY Times based on this book

 

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The Possibility for Something Better

A Review of

Future Home of the Living God
Louise Erdrich

 
Hardback: HarperCollins, 2017
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Reviewed by Leslie A. Klingensmith
 
 
 
White liberalism.  Roman Catholic theology.  Native American displacement.  Women’s rights.  Cross cultural adoption.  Government intrusion.  Reproductive choice.  Evolution.  Science vs. Faith. Global warming. Creation spirituality.  Motherhood.  These are some of the  issues that Louise Erdrich addresses – either explicitly or implicitly – in her latest novel Future Home of the Living God.  I loved the book.  Erdrich’s ability to touch on so many important topics without being self-righteous or pedantic should be the envy of all who aspire to write.  She has written a story that somehow manages to be both terrifying and hopeful – and all too possible.  I read the book as those of us who live within the rhythm of the church year were about to start the liturgical season of Advent.  As unlikely as it might seem, this futuristic tale is eerily (and beautifully) perfect for Advent.  Erdrich has created a narrative that confronts us with the hope of the Incarnation (begun with Jesus’ unlikely birth) but also the revelation that every birth, especially ones that take place against the backdrop of a world in turmoil, bears a hint of incarnation.

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In Search of America
 
A Feature Review of

The Far Away Brothers:
Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
Lauren Markham

Hardcover: Crown, 2017
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Reviewed by Tim Hoiland

 
 

In 2013, stories about unaccompanied minors started coming across our airwaves, feeds, and timelines.

These children, we learned, were fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in record numbers. They were making the long, arduous trek to El Norte through the vast expanse of Mexico and the borderlands. And they were doing all of this, at great expense and risk of death, unaccompanied by their parents.

The words we kept hearing were “flood” and “surge,” conjuring images of a dark and stormy sea washing over our southern border – perhaps the violent waves of a tsunami crashing ashore.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World

Sarah Quezada

*** Read an interview with the author

 

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Immortalists:
A Novel

Chloe Benjamin

Hardback: G.P. Putnam’s, 2017
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The novelist was recently interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition.
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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life

Gerhard Lohfink

 

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Alan Jacobs, Arundhati Roy, Hidden Figures,
 MORE )

 

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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#1:
Original Sin: A Cultural History

Alan Jacobs

*** $1.99 ***

 

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With 2018 almost upon us, here are the 30 new books that we are most eager to read…

Due to the nature of publishers’ catalogs, this list mostly cover just the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.
 

[ Top Ten -Pt A ] [ Top Ten- Pt B ] [ Faith-in-Practice ]
[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]
[ Poetry / Young Readers ]

TOP TEN (Part A):

These titles are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…

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Are we Doomed?
 
A Review of
 

The Locals: A Novel
Jonathan Dee

Hardback: Random House, 2017
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Reviewed by Ashley Hales
 
 

I wanted so much more for The Locals: a novel set between 9/11 and the Great Recession. The sort of British nineteenth century social novel written for the American twenty-first century. I wanted a novel that keenly engaged issues of class, culture, small town life, and told the story of the town alongside the story of deeply flawed, but interesting characters. I wanted to see our own age grittily explored with stabbing political statements and observations. It promised so much.

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Haunting Characters
 
A Feature Review of 
 

The Ninth Hour: A Novel
Alice McDermott

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017.
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Reviewed by Carolyn Miller Parr
 
 

Alice McDermott, winner of the National Book Award and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, has written another unforgettable novel.

It opens in a poor Irish-American section of New York City in the early twentieth century. While his pregnant wife is out shopping her young unemployed husband rips the gas hose from his stove, lies down, and breathes deeply.

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