Sweetness and Savagery in the South

Sweetness and Savagery in the South

Book review Mourning Dove Firefly Southern Fiction (233 pp.) Forthcoming June 29, 2018, 233 pp., $9.95 Parallel universes exist all around us. One person chucks trash for another to call a treasure. Claire Fullerton’s novel Mourning Dove explores this concept with...
The Last Ballad

The Last Ballad

Book review The Last Ballad Wiley Cash William Morrow 2017, 384 pp., $16.60 Wiley’s Cash’s third novel, The Last Ballad, confirms him as a major voice in contemporary American fiction, and especially among those writers with their eyes on the plight of America’s...
Anatomy of a Miracle

Anatomy of a Miracle

Book Review Anatomy of a Miracle Jonathan Miles Hogarth 2018, 351 pp., $27 There are many mysteries in life. Some aren’t too grandiose: How come parrots can talk? Other questions are bigger in scope: Is God real? Where do we go when we die? In order to answer...
Let’s No One Get Hurt

Let’s No One Get Hurt

Book Review Let’s No One Get Hurt Jon Pineda Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2018, 256 pp., $26 In Jon Pineda’s deeply satisfying, often startling second novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt, fifteen-year-old Pearl is a girl long on suffering yet short on self-pity. She...
Calling Bullshit on Toxic Masculinity

Calling Bullshit on Toxic Masculinity

Book Review One Good Mama Bone Bren McClain University of South Carolina Press, 280 pp., $19.99 McClain’s Critique on Southern Gender Roles The term “toxic masculinity” often gets thrown around on social media as a way of defining the standards to which American...