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Tender Cuts by Jayne Martin

Review by Emily Webber Even the luckiest people do not manage to get through life unscathed, and yet there are always moments of beauty and grace. The 38 small stories in Jayne Martin’s collection, Tender Cuts, reminds us of…

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Author’s Note – Jayne Martin on Tender Cuts

Jayne Martin on writing Tender Cuts “Tender Cuts” is a collection of 38 flash fiction stories, all but two under 300 words, the shortest at just 48. “What is Flash Fiction?” you may be asking. The Meriam Webster dictionary…

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The End of Aphrodite by Laurette Folk

Review by Carole Mertz Themes of family, marriage, motherhood, forgiveness, and the recklessness of adolescence shape The End of Aphrodite, Laurette Folk’s second novel. It maintains its focus on four females: Etta, Samantha, Mira, and Joan. Men, in this novel,…

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Echoed in My Bones by Lisa A. Sturm

Review by Emily Webber Lisa A. Sturm’s debut novel, Echoed in My Bones, does not avoid the hard and complicated aspects of adoption, the foster care system, and dealing with past trauma. However, Sturm also manages to pull a thread…

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Blackbird Blues by Jean K. Carney

Review by Ellen Meeropol Although she dreams of being a jazz singer, entering the convent feels like a way for eighteen-year-old Mary Kaye O’Donnell to escape her dysfunctional family. That is, until she learns that she’s pregnant. The one person…

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Motherish by Laura Rock Gaughan

Review by Emily Webber The title of Laura Rock Gaughan’s wide-ranging and engaging debut collection Motherish comes from the short story, “Woman Cubed.” Dale is a contortionist preparing for an upcoming performance where Cirque recruiters will be in the…

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The Not Wives by Carley Moore

Review by Lara Lillibridge Carley Moore is an essayist, novelist, and poet. The Not Wives is her debut novel. (Last year, Mom Egg Review reviewed Moore’s debut essay collection, 16 Pills). The Not Wives, set in New York City just…

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