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TBR 93 Photo of washing hanging over street in Raval area of Barcelona

Welcome to issue 93. We are delighted to have a story by A.M. Homes (May We Be Forgiven, Music for Torching, The End of Alice), She Got Away, where rich-kid sisters, caught up in the toxicity of L.A. (anorexia, plastic surgeries, hard-core denial), battle to survive the “kinky psychodrama” of their lives.  The absurdist scenario is rooted just enough in actuality to make one wince while delighting in Homes’ superbly acerbic wit.

Next up is In Dark Places, a haunting story by Cornish-based writer Wyl Menmuir, who takes us into a vast cave where the walls speak to us of what they have seen:  “They abseiled into the depths, into perfect darkness.  Four of them . . . . They woke us with their heavy footsteps and their echoes, while, far above, clouds that were not there before gathered and rain began to fall.”

And from Ireland, we have Fred Johnstons heartfelt story of a man fighting foreclosure on his home: a fact never mentioned but understood.  Red Tractor takes us into the mind of our protagonist, whose grasp on life is slowly loosening.

In non-fiction, Josh Capps Slurs recounts his memories of a fun-loving Korean mate, Thomas Jung ("The Asian"), who loved to prank on his own Asian stereotype; while Croatian-American, Josip Novakovich, remembers a time in his Croatian boyhood when the local tailor gave him confidence simply by listening.    

It's another eclectic mix of what we look for—good stuff.

In our picks from back issues, we offer two pieces by master storytellers:   Sensini by Roberto Bolaño and Playhouse  by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Our quiz this issue is the Literature of Mississippi. Test your knowledge and you’re in the running to win a 30-euro gift certificate from Amazon.  For answers to last issue’s quiz, Literature of Texas, click here. We had several correct answers on this one; the name drawn was Anthony Grant from Totnes.

Our book review this issue is The Child Finder, a new novel by Rene Denfeld, which comes recommended. 

Local News:  As October first rolled around, Catalan separatists hit the streets in protest of how last year’s bid for independence was shot down by the central government, which had never approved a referendum in the first place.  Some violence broke out as a small faction stormed the parliament and paint-bombed the police, but order was restored. The struggle, however, is not about to die down. Still, the day-to-day goes along swimmingly, the bars/cafes overflow with shiny, happy people and laughter fills the street. Barcelonans know how to enjoy themselves even as the protests occasionally interrupt.

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Jill Adams

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