Michael Patrick Brady

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My Favorite Books of 2013

December 14, 2013
The Color Master
Aimee Bender

“Like her previous collections, “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” and “Willful Creatures,” “The Color Master” explores transgressions of custom, where characters — most often women — dare to step outside their expected roles, and transgressions of reality, where she employs subtle surrealism to create moments of vivid tension.”
Read my review at the Boston Globe

Fools
Joan Silber

““The paths of love,” writes Joan Silber, “are long and complicated.” In “Fools,” her latest collection of short fiction, Silber invites readers to meander along those paths, through six interconnected stories that span a century, as her characters search for personal peace in the midst of a turbulent world.”
Read my review at the Boston Globe

Odds Against Tomorrow
Nicholas Rich

“Rich is an imaginative storyteller himself, and his vivid vignettes are peppered with factoids that seem just true enough to be frightening. He shows a bit of prescience in his plotting, setting the climax of the book in New York City in the midst of Hurricane Tammy, whose devastating winds and floodwaters [resemble] Superstorm Sandy.”
Read my review at the Boston Globe

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