Author: Alex Yard

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Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle

★★★★☆ We’ve all occasionally fantasized about penetrating some ultimate inner circle, being born into the right era and the right place so that any possible “fear of missing out” is a distant nonentity. T.C....

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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

★★☆☆☆ Singaporean author Jing-Jing Lee’s How We Disappeared portrays the gruesome horrors of war that are often misrepresented, sanitized, or omitted entirely from retrospective conversation. As innocent civilian characters persevere through deprived conditions of...

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The Ash Family by Molly Dektar

★★☆☆☆ “You can’t be a non-conformist if you don’t drink coffee,” the South Park goth kids famously told Stan during his cultural initiation. Molly Dektar’s debut novel The Ash Family invokes the same paradox...

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The Gulf by Belle Boggs

★★★☆☆ Belle Boggs’ first novel The Gulf takes a few interesting toys out of the toy chest, lines them all up, then abruptly sweeps them into the trash. The novel succeeds when humorously skewering...

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The Parade by Dave Eggers

★★★★☆ Dave Eggers’ The Parade is a concise, finely executed work of understated elegance. It’s the kind of extended parable that need not flood you with backstory about its principal characters, and is even...

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Golden State by Ben H. Winters

★★☆☆☆ Unwarranted comparisons to 1984 should be punished with the severity of Orwellian dictatorships. Ben H. Winters really wants his novel Golden State to land among the authoritarian greats, but he spends too much...

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Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten

★★★★☆ Mark Doten’s Trump Sky Alpha is one of few recent novels with something salient to portray about our current Trump era. Compare this to last year’s Gary Shteyngart novel Lake Success, which, while...