Reviews : Fiction

'Walking the Dog' by Elizabeth Swados

The book details the struggles of “former child prodigy and rich-girl kleptomaniac” Ester Rosenthal as she navigates a post-prison life as a high-end professional dog walker… read more

'How to Whistle' by Gregg Shapiro

Some know how to whistle. Others merely blow air and spit. This skill cannot be learned from friends or You Tube videos. Either you’ve got it, or you don’t. And Gregg Shapiro…he’s got it…. read more

'Infidels' by Abdellah Taïa

Abdellah Taïa’s Infidels is a story about the protagonist Jallal’s fall–out of boyhood, into love, out of innocence, into Jihad…. read more

'Without Annette' by Jane B. Mason

Josie and Annette have been a couple for years. What began as an infallible friendship when they swapped galoshes as kids (Annette’s beautiful pair for Josie’s hand-me-down lacklusters), evolved into a romantic union. Josie’s selfless adoration of Annette instigates a plan to escape their small Minnesota hometown in order to protect Annette from a physically,… 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