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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Looking Beyond the Lines: Suchitra Vijayan’s “Midnight’s Borders”

Suchitra Vijayan’s “Midnight’s Borders,” a book of narrative reportage, raises pertinent questions about the very foundations of India’s nationalism — the cartography of South Asian nation-states.

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“This Life” Draws Attention to Life Behind Bars and the Transcendent Power of Rap

A review of Quntos KunQuest’s debut novel, “This Life.”

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Elizabeth Spencer: “A Veritable Seurat of Southern Life”

A review of Modern Library’s reissued edition of Elizabeth Spencer’s collection of short stories, “The Southern Woman.”

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People are Beastly in “Filthy Animals”

Brandon Taylor’s short story collection, “Filthy Animals,” is set in the Midwest and the South with characters that are extra-aware of their hungers.

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Karen Salyer McElmurray’s “Voice Lessons” Finds Beauty in the Broken and Redefines the Self

A review of Karen Salyer McElmurray’s new memoir, “Voice Lessons.”

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