Briefly Noted: Rave reviews in The San Francisco Chronicle and Booklist, Swallows and Waves and Kingdom of the Young named notable titles

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  • Matthew Neill Null's collection Allegheny Front received a rave review from The San Francisco Chronicle. Read the full review here
The nine stories in the collection are masterpieces of brutality and beauty, as Null casts a naturalistic eye on the raw reality of life in the hills, mines and backwoods of the “Wild, Wonderful” state, as its license plates insist. Each story is so carefully plotted, you simply cannot predict what will happen next, and only by the end will you be able to see the thematic complexity in Null’s mind. It will wash over you like an epiphany. . . . Null applies a poet’s voice and vision to the depiction of life and death in a world that is neither cruel or merciful, but, rather, spinning through time exhibiting only indifference to the hopes and sorrows of its passengers. This is the work of a master storyteller."                                 The San Francisco Chronicle
“This phenomenal collection documents the lives of particular animals from a wide range of species. . . . Passarello treats her subjects with dextrous care, weaving narratives together in a way that investigates, honors, and complicates her subjects. . . . Passarello has created a consistently original, thoroughly researched, altogether fascinating compendium.”         —Booklist, starred review
  • Paula Bohince's third collection Swallows and Waves was included on City Paper's "Eight notable titles by local authors this year"
  • Booklist gives Elena Passarello's forthcoming collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses a starred review! The full review can be found in the February 1 print edition of Booklist

Edie Meidav's collection of stories Kingdom of the Young is included in The Million's Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview.

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