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Every sentence, every careful observation from Charlie, oozes with an unbridled adolescent angst that’s devastatingly honest in one moment, honestly devastating in the next.

NOSELL

By taking a circuitous, indirect and deeply personal approach to her subject matter, Smith often hits essential truths about human nature or society.

Without the substance to support the longer format of a novel, the charm of the “The Music Shop” becomes both overplayed and hollow.

As much as our generation loves gizmos, we were never alive back when horses were essential to daily life, and though some of us have deep attachments to our cars, rarely, if ever, do most people experience that working bond between horse and person.

At the end of each story, when the words on the page shake you to your core and leave you hollow, something else drags you on.

It’s a story for the ages, a story on privilege, race and growing up — written with hilarious subtlety to keep you engrossed until the very last page.

Romantic for a second and hard for years, the Walls’s life together was dazzling. They were unbreakable, even when they broke each other.

What unfolds after the initial chapters is an empty tale, a meaningless love triangle in which one of the members is dead, superimposed over the backdrop of communist Albania during the twilight of the Hoxha years.

NOSELL

In these poems, many of which code-switch between English and Chinese, language is the most powerful force, for both harm and healing.

“This is the first time I’ve written to you / and I know now why they call me little witch.”