Category Archives: Modern Literary Fiction

A NIGHT IN JAIL: A story about drugs and mental illness, inspired by true events – H.A. Swan, K. Anderson

Reviewed by JD Jung) “One day, marijuana is going to be legalized and this “punishment” will all be for nothing.” Yes, getting pulled over while high was the first “Reality Rush”. The second one came when his parents refused to … Continue reading

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Fire Sermon – Jamie Quatro

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…I only know arousal within love—because I’ve never separated emotion from body—is my pattern to create a pretend love first, over and over, in order to feel desire, and desirable?” “I admit that unless something is … Continue reading

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Mr. Wonderful – Daniel Smith

(Reviewed by Jeyran Main) Brian Fenton’s life is not easy. His father, Doc Fenton is suffering from dementia. His own son is loopy and keeps trying to get cash from him. Events take an interesting turn when Doc passes away. … Continue reading

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The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle – J. D. Dixon

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Before, when he labored, he slept and he ate, and his mama took care of him. There wasn’t room for much of anything else. Now he has too much time. Now he has a lot to … Continue reading

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Havana Libre – Robert Arellano

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…now that doctors are malnourished malcontents while dropouts driving tourist taxis are relative millionaires.” Twenty -eight year old Dr. Manolo Rodriguez, a pediatrician for the national medical service in Havana, Cuba, resents how most of the … Continue reading

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The Flawed Ones – Jay Chirino

(Reviewed by Jeyran Main) We can never be defined by our shortcomings or the conditions we live in, but we can certainly fight and believe that love always conquers all. Our hearts are not touched by our flaws, and that … Continue reading

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That Crazy Perfect Someday – Michael Mazza

(Reviewed by Don Jung) Record- breaking surfer, Mufuri Long, has the goal of winning the Olympics in the future year of 2024. The trials and training that goes into this sport is splattered with her father’s depressive attitude on life … Continue reading

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Sex and Rage: A Novel – Eve Babitz

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Years and years and years were pocked with holes of things Jacaranda simple didn’t remember, with people Jacaranda didn’t remember meeting, conversations she didn’t remember having, promises and parties and great ideas and projects Jacaranda didn’t … Continue reading

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New People – Danzy Senna

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “The poet is not a New Person…He doesn’t have mud-toned dreadlocks or octoroon gray eyes or butterscotch skin. …He has the body, the skin, the face that cabdrivers pretend not to see, that jewelers in midtown … Continue reading

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Elle – Philippe Djian

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “It’s this other me coming out, though I fight it tooth and nail. It’s a me that invites confusion, flux, unexplored territories. I don’t know. I can’t screw open my head and take a look inside.” … Continue reading

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