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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“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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From Missouri to California: The Evolution of “Child in the Valley”

Author Gordy Sauer writes about the process of writing his new novel, “Child in the Valley.”

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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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Tension Between Science and Religion in “Transcendent Kingdom”

Yaa Gyasi’s novel, “Transcendent Kingdom,” features characters and experiences that are layered, complex, and diverse.

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