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Review: After the Flood

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September 13, 2019

Kassandra Montag’s debut novel After the Flood takes place around a century after floods have covered the planet and most of the land is under water. In this new…

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Review: America for Beginners

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August 15, 2019

Ever since Joli reviewed Leah Franqui’s novel America for Beginners last summer, I knew I wanted to read it. I was so excited to get the opportunity to participate…

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Review: The Islanders

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June 14, 2019

I was attracted to Meg Mitchell Moore’s The Islanders because it seemed like a light, beach-y read—perfect for summer and getting me out of my reading slump. It follows…

The Islanders
Meg Mitchell Moore
William Morrow
416

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Review: Beyond the Point

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April 15, 2019

In Beyond the Point, Claire Gibson gives us a glimpse into West Point and the lives of three women in the military.

Dani is strong, athletic and confident. Her…

Beyond the Point
Claire Gibson
William Morrow
528

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Review: The Water Cure

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January 17, 2019

Sophie Mackintosh’s newest novel, which was published just last week, has had the book community abuzz for months. Readers like me, who adore feminist dystopias, couldn’t wait for this…

The Water Cure Book Cover The Water Cure
Sophie Mackintosh
January 8, 2019
288

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.

But when their father, the only man they’ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day three strange men wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?

A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.