Books

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In another life, Curtis Sittenfeld could have been a psychologist. Instead, she became a writer — and thank god she did. Sittenfeld is a keen, careful observer of human behavior and her first collection of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” is aptly named.

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A gloriously stunning debut novel, Jana Casale’s “The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky” follows Leda, a college student in Boston, as she navigates her life and identity over the years.

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Two weeks ago, The Daily spoke with award-winning author Weike Wang, whose debut novel “Chemistry” is a sparse, sharply written and deeply reflective character study of a young woman struggling with pursuing a doctorate in the eponymous field.

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‘Lawn Boy’ elevates the traditional young adult novel with its introspective narrator and avoidance of cliche, shallow plotlines.

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Feelings of rebirth or emergence often go along with the beginnings of spring, which is in many ways a period of transition.

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Readers will be just as invested in the narrative of Leah’s journey to discovering the truth about her husband as they will about her journey to re-discovering herself.

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None of the characters are especially invested in what happens to them, and it’s that lack of interest and agency that ultimately sabotages the novel.

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It wasn’t until I read ‘The Awakening’ that I knew how I wanted to write.

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All of this sounds like exactly what you would want in a mid-semester, turn-your-brain-off-and-enjoy read, with one major problem: It’s really not very good.

Marina Keegan

“The Opposite of Loneliness” has done more than build me. It has re-built me.