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I cannot stop gushing about this short story collection—it’s phenomenal, and I would easily re-read it again tomorrow. These stories explore Blackness, faith, and sexuality in a way that doesn't make it seem like any of these topics is taken lightly or used as a plot device, but rather are urgent matters that the women in the stories are exploring. I want to befriend all these characters.  

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ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

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For teenagers, it can feel like everything is happening at once--while at the same time, nothing at all is happening. Forsyth Harmon eloquently captures the mixed ennui and loneliness of suburban living in the late' 90s as well as the adrenaline rush that comes with being chosen by someone decidedly cooler than you. In this slim volume, we are privy to Ali’s brief yet profound relationship with the enigmatic Justine who pulls her into a new world of drugs, partying, and eating disorders. Accompanied by simple line illustrations, Justine takes the reader through the heightened emotions of adolescence and messy intensity of female friendships during a decidely fragile time of life.

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ISBN: 9781951142339
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Published: Tin House Books - March 2nd, 2021

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Whether or not you grew up in a community as close-knit as Hammond Creek, Sathian’s funny, warm style makes you feel at home with its characters almost immediately--even when the story takes a turn for the surreal. Neil is an engaging and relatable character as he chafes against the expectations of his parents and eventually finds the passion and sense of connection he has been lacking in the story of an apocryphal Gold Rush figure. Gold Diggers glitters as much as its subject and is an amazing debut novel.

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ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021