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Best Indie Fiction and Literature of 2021

  • FICTION

    ATTACHMENTS

    MAY 11, 2021

FICTION

ATTACHMENTS

by Jeff Arch

Fine writing, memorable characters, depth of feeling, and gripping drama—a real keeper. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SISTER JANE

    JUNE 9, 2021

FICTION

SISTER JANE

by Irmgarde Brown

A wise, winning story of a modern-day miracle worker. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE COLDNESS OF OBJECTS

    JAN. 1, 2021

FICTION

THE COLDNESS OF OBJECTS

by Panayotis Cacoyannis

An intriguing, timely, and terrifying portent of life after Covid-19. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    A SPARROW FALLS

FICTION

A SPARROW FALLS

by Geraldine Fernando

A gripping, richly textured bildungsroman about community ties that bind all too cruelly. Full review >

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  • FICTION

     HE GETS THAT FROM ME

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

HE GETS THAT FROM ME

by Jacqueline Friedland

A thoughtful and gripping family tale that will haunt readers long after finishing it. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF JEM

FICTION

THE BOOK OF JEM

by Carole Hailey

A sublime tale that explores theology with profundity and black comedy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CANTERBERRY TALES

    APRIL 7, 2021

FICTION

CANTERBERRY TALES

by C.P. Hoff ; illustrated by Michelle Froese

A well-crafted tale of a precocious child. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SHELLBACK

    FEB. 1, 2021

FICTION

SHELLBACK

by Jeanne-Marie Osterman

Courageous, insightful, and unsettling poems about war and family ties. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BONE MUSIC

    APRIL 29, 2021

FICTION

BONE MUSIC

by Joel Peckham Joel Peckham

A superb collection of poems that are haunted by grief yet touched by grace. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    STELLA ATLANTIS

    FEB. 23, 2021

FICTION

STELLA ATLANTIS

by Susan Perly

A deeply felt work that shows the magical alchemy of art. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SOUND BETWEEN THE NOTES

    APRIL 6, 2021

FICTION

THE SOUND BETWEEN THE NOTES

by Barbara Linn Probst

A sensitive, astute exploration of artistic passion, family, and perseverance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    STILL THE NIGHT CALL

    JAN. 14, 2022

FICTION

STILL THE NIGHT CALL

by Joshua Senter

A candid tale that triumphantly understands the Midwestern psyche, delivering moments of beauty and tragedy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    99 ERICS

    JAN. 22, 2020

FICTION

99 ERICS

by Julia Serano

Knocks down literary conventions, sexual stereotypes, the fourth wall, and more in enthusiastic defense of the weird. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    IN THE AFTERMATH

    SEPT. 21, 2021

FICTION

IN THE AFTERMATH

by Jane Ward

An insightful and psychologically astute story of ordinary people moving forward after personal tragedy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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