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About this blog: This blog is a place for conversation about books. I post reviews of what I'm reading--lots of contemporary fiction, but also classics and the occasional work of narrative nonfiction. I am always looking for new books to read, so ...  (More)

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The Empty House by Nathan Oates
Dec 11, 2013 11:12 am
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Oates, Nathan. The Empty House. (Willow Springs Editions, 2013).



You'd never know it by glancing at bookstore shelves, but there are more short... More
The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin
Jan 30, 2015 2:25 pm
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If you've ever browsed the gift shop of a California state park, historical site, or museum, you've seen Malcolm Margolin's work. Books published by ... More
It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction
Aug 28, 2014 2:44 pm
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In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important... More
It's Now a Series! Story of a Novel, Part 6
Jul 8, 2014 12:51 pm
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My first detective novel, The Setup Man, was published in March, and I've written a number of posts on this site about the publishing... More
Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
Jul 22, 2014 11:43 am
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Lucky is the fiction writer whose stories take 300 pages to tell. For the last twenty years at least, the fiction market has been mainly a market for novels. Agents... More
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