“The Blue Line Down” Is a Tale of New Beginnings

Maris Lawyer’s debut novel, “The Blue Line Down,” is set in 1920s Appalachia, featuring coal miners, union busters, and bootleggers.

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Wrestling with Reality in “The Big Door Prize”

M. O. Walsh’s recent novel, “The Big Door Prize,” is set in Deerfield, Louisiana, featuring a new machine that promises to reveal life’s purpose for the townspeople.

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Loren C. Steffy’s Debut Novel Highlights the Tug-of-War Between Tradition and Progress

With his debut novel “The Big Empty,” Steffy carves out a niche in the fiction genre and fills it with his insight — enlightening and grim — on the American way of making a living, including the kind involving “coming home caked in sweat and dirt and animal [dung] every night.”

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Stubborn Rigidity and Self-Reformation in “A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers”

Babette Fraser Hale’s short story collection, “A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers,” is set in the countryside of central Texas.

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A Tale of Two Realities in “Working It Off in Labor County”

Larry D. Thacker’s short story collection “Working It Off in Labor County” is tender in its depiction of rural American ennui and mordant in its portrayal of colorful go-getters in a patch of coal country.

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A Golden Ticket to Prosperity in “The Fortunate Ones”

Ed Tarkington’s new novel “The Fortunate Ones” points out the chinks in the gilded armor adorning – and weighing down – followers of the cult of wealth.

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“Naked Came the Florida Man”: A Love Letter to Florida

Tim Dorsey’s mystery novel, “Naked Came the Florida Man,” is both a love letter to and deconstruction of the Sunshine State.

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