Posts Published by Christa

The moms

I have never-ever so wanted a book club to spontaneously form around me as when I was reading Brit Bennett’s un-put-downable debut novel The Mothers. I just really wanted to dish about Luke Sheppard, a…

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Catch the Wave

When Black Wave opens, everything is changing. Writer Michelle Tea’s anti-hero, also named Michelle, is in the midst of a neighborhood’s skin-peeling to reveal a whole something new. The stale-beer stink dive bar that catered to…

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Crash Landing

There are two great, gripping scenes in Noah Hawley’s novel Before the Fall. I’ll tell you about the first, but not the second. The second offers the story’s only startling, intake of breath moment, and…

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Blah-blah Blunderer

Patricia Highsmith’s old-school suspense novel The Blunderer opens with the perfect crime: A thoroughly up-to-here husband buys a movie ticket, seeks out a familiar face to acknowledge his presence, then sneaks out the back door of…

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