“The Homeschool Experiment,” by Charity Hawkins

Charity Hawkins, 2012, Familyman Ministries, 229 pp, $12.99, 978-1937639068 Review by Patricia O’Sullivan. Julianne Miller, the protagonist of The Homeschool Experiment, a novel, homeschooled her three children last year with mixed results. This year she is determined to do better. With a little organization, lots of patience, and a network of supportive friends, Julianne learns how […]

“Ghosting” by Kirby Gann

Review by Tina Egnoski In Kirby Gann’s new book, Ghosting, Kentucky is raw-edged, poverty-stricken and violent.  It is also a place of physical beauty and, for some, of personal redemption. The protagonist James Cole Prather, known as Cole, is twenty-three and at loose ends.  He lives with his mother Lyda, an addict.  His half-brother Fleece […]

“Fielder’s Choice,” by J. Mark Hart

Review by Matthew Simmons Years ago, after reading Richard Russo’s Mohawk, I decided I needed more flexibility in labeling fiction.  Obviously, there was pulp, there was genre fiction, and there was the rarified air of “lit-tra-ture.”  But what I’d found in Mohawk seemed to somehow occupy parts of all of those labels simultaneously and effortlessly.  […]

February Read of the Month: “In the Time of the Feast of Flowers,” by Tina Egnoski

Review by Bonnie Armstrong Tina Egnoski  won the 2008 Black River Chapbook Contest with a collection of short stories, Perishables. Reviews of that work mention that she is a fine storyteller of the human condition whose fast-paced and dynamic prose generate an emotional intensity coupled with appropriate restraint.  Egnoski continues this excellent writing with the publication of […]

“The Color of Lies,” by Donna Meredith

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason In the season of Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign, the stability of a small South Georgia town is threatened by racial stresses and strains. A racial slur is found on a school blackboard. A dynamic Afro-American minister threatens a law suit against the school system, challenging its treatment of Black […]

Meet Lynne Bryant, Author of Catfish Alley

       At SLR, we like to cover both new releases and old. Every now and then, a good one slips through the cracks. This summer, we’ve spent a little time working our way through the Slush Pile..and look what we found! A can’t-miss read by debut novelist, Lynne Bryant.      Recently, SLR contributor Rhett DeVane had the […]

March Read of the Month Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Click to Buy Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin has been met with a steady stream of critical praise since hitting shelves in October, 2010. No stranger to the world of literary acclaim, Franklin has been acknowledged as an Edgar Award recipient and was selected as the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the […]

Algonkian Park Workshop

The Algonkian Park Workshop   September 15 – September 19 Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia This conference offers workshops on novel writing, as well as readings, discussions, and a manuscript consultation. The faculty includes fiction writers Robert Bausch and Michael Neff and agent Paige Wheeler. The cost of the conference is $865, which includes lodging, breakfast, […]