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Just Read: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The first word that comes to mind to describe Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is sprawling. I say that with utmost reverence for the word: nothing about the story Lee takes the reader on feels tedious or overblown as she leads us from the tiny Korean village of Yeongdo outside of Busan…

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My Bookshelf: January 2019 TBR

I read 21 books last year. Although that’s not too shabby, my goal was 24. If I’m being honest, I assumed I would sail past that number easily. But alas, life always seems to get in the way. This year, I’m shooting officially for 24 again, but I’m going to…

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Manuscript Inspiration: Metamorphoses

The idea for my manuscript first came to me in high school during a creative writing class. Back then, it was no more than a single scene: three sirens dancing around a blazing fire when suddenly, one is chosen. One turns human. While this particular imagery fascinated me, a single…

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As We Settle – WIP

When Father and Mother hurried Billie and Anna outside and into the car, I didn’t know that it was the last time I’d see them. The air was crisp and gray that day, sometime in early December. Father had spent the previous weekend hanging Christmas lights in loose half circles…

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