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Joanna Smith-Rakoff

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  • 12 years ago

    Toward the end of "The Orphan," the most compelling story in Lucky Girls, Nell Freudenberger's seductive debut, the prim protagonist, a Manhattan matron named Alice, realizes that "often, when you step around the conventional way of doing things, ...

  • 13 years ago

    The poems in Me With Animal Towering swerve from accessible blank verse monologues to slangy, narrative prose poems to obscure, fragmented pieces in the mode of language poets to irony-drenched, linguistically sharp verse commentaries reminiscent ...

  • 14 years ago

    Call it the e-mail heard round the world. On September 12, incensed by reactionary comments he'd heard on a radio call-in show that morning, Tamim Ansary, an Afghan American writer of children's books, hammered out an impassioned and informative n...

  • 14 years ago

    "I exist in a blister of fantasy," proclaims the narrator of this self-assured and often deeply satisfying debut. Similar in form, style, and rhetorical strategy, each of the poems in Zirconia is, in essence, an associative riff on a particular ob...

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