Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories by Christine Schutt

Short story collections are hard: one might think that it's easier to find good short stories than good novels, but I think that the opposite is true. In a novel you get time to build a relationship between the reader and the story, between the reader and your characters. There is time to recover if there's a misstep, or a miscommunication. In a novel, simply because it's a longer medium, you have more space to play around with. Short stories, on the other hand, do not grant the gift of that space.

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie's a planner. And she's got this summer on lockdown. She's been accepted into a pre-pre-med summer program at Johns Hopkins, which will be a welcome escape from the media attention surrounding her father's political scandal. But then the scandal causes Andie's acceptance to be revoked. Now she's got to figure out what to do with her summer at home - with her father.

Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler Div 4 and up Received: Library Publication Date: June 21, 2016 Publisher: Knopf Canada 3.5 out of 5 stars The Blurb: In this retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Kate Battista is a preschool teacher's assistant, who lives at home with her scientist father and high school aged sister, Bunny. …

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