The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A Novel One day 13-year-old Meredith runs into her arch-rival at the deli–only instead of cutting each other dead, both girls find themselves lying next to each other on the floor as the deli is robbed at gunpoint. What follows is Meredith’s attempts to make sense of what happened, and […]Read more "“The Fall of Lisa Bellow” by Susan Perabo"
“It’s very frightening,” Babchenko tells us, “that the war is in color.” Not black-and-white, like the heroic WWII movies he and his fellow soldiers had grown up on, but in the brilliant colors of the beautiful Caucasus mountains, where not one but two appallingly brutal wars have been fought in the past two decades. In […]Read more "“One Soldier’s War” by Arkady Babchenko"
Jack Song is the only non-white faculty member at a boarding prep school in Delaware, grieving for the death of his sister. Taylor Alta, the newest hire, is a closeted lesbian grieving for the death of her best friend, who had been afraid to return her love. Their stories intertwine as they deal with bullying […]Read more "“Carry the Sky” by Kate Gray"