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NATURAL WONDERS by Angela Woodward
Book Reviews / Fiction

NATURAL WONDERS by Angela Woodward

Natural Wonders, by Angela Woodward. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Fiction Collective 2, April 2016. 152 pages. $17.95, paper. Benjy, first slide, please. So begins Angela Woodward’s innovative and allegorical novel about, well, everything. We find ourselves in a lecture hall at some point in the twentieth century. The instructor, known only as Jonathan, whose specialty is “jaw … Continue reading

BATTLE RATTLE by Brandon Davis Jennings
Book Reviews / Fiction

BATTLE RATTLE by Brandon Davis Jennings

Battle Rattle, by Brandon Davis Jennings. Seattle, Washington: Amazon Publishing, April 2016. $2.99, Kindle Single. What Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead is to Operation Desert Storm, Brandon Davis Jennings’ Battle Rattle is to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Both books are a meditation on the experience of what it’s like to live through the thick smoke of war, while … Continue reading

Joanna Ruocco Selects Kristen Gleason’s “Monument” to Debut in Volume 6
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Joanna Ruocco Selects Kristen Gleason’s “Monument” to Debut in Volume 6

Joanna Ruocco, author of Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2014), has selected Kristen Gleason’s “Monument” to win the Volume 6 Story Prize contest. As the grand champion, Gleason will receive $250, a printed copy of the issue, a lifetime digital subscription to HFR, and her manuscript will be published in HFR Volume 6 in fall 2016. Gleason was born in California. Her … Continue reading