Articles by: Sarah Sawyers-Lovett

'Frannie and Tru' by Karen Hattrup

If this sounds like a story that’s been written a hundred times in various combinations, that’s because it’s a crucial part of coming of age. Learning about life outside of your socioeconomic culture and experience level is what defines the act of growing up… read more

'American Girls' by Allison Umminger

There’s a lot to like about American Girls; the novel contains a humane portrait of a dysfunctional family, insightful critiques of celebrity culture, and a thoroughly original rites of passage story filtered through the voice of a complicated protagonist… read more

'Guapa' by Saleem Haddad

Guapa by Saleem Haddad is the story of Rasa, a gay Muslim man. Told in real time during the span of a day, the book uses memory to tell Rasa’s story. The narrative offers insight into his childhood, American education, return home, career as a translator, and relationship with his secret lover, Taymor. The bulk… read more

'Tender' by Belinda McKeon

Tender is a story so true that despite gender or sexuality, the truth of being on the wrong end of unrequited makes us ache. The language is so bittersweet and beautiful that we fall vicariously in love… read more



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