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Randy Kraft’s OC BookBlog: “Trust” by Domenico Starnone | Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri

Domenico Starnone writes slim fictions, a rarity given the door stop-sized novels published recently.  One might call them novellas, as...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings | Sibling Non-Rivalry

In the examination of the pairing of  the novels Unsettled Ground by Clair Fuller and Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino— just published,...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog:  “Fresh Water for Flowers” by Valerie Perrin | Translation by Hildegarde Serle

How wonderful to discover a new voice—not new in Europe, but to us. Valerie Perrin is a French screenwriter and photographer, also an...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

This tragic tale is the real deal — a peek at the [largely invented] early life of Shakespeare and his nearly supernatural wife, Agnes,...

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Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Death in Her Hands” by Otessa Moshfegh

Otessa Moshfegh writes mostly about seemingly ordinary people trapped in bizarre circumstances. ...