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Volume III, Issue 47
May 15 - May 22, 2000  

Fiction
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Personal Politics [2]
Mohsin Hamid's debut novel, "Moth Smoke," is set in Pakistan, but the contemporary story will be recognizable to Western readers.
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Green Pastures [3]
Jane Smiley's "Horse Heaven" recreates the world of modern-day horse racing in persuasive detail.
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Horse Opera [4]
Jane Smiley's "Horse Heaven" explores track life.
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
The Name Says It All [5]
Randall Boyll does not have "it": He just spins and spins, leaving us with a big pile of idiocy.
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Non-fiction
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Ripe for Discovery [6]
New book traces history of classic jazz tune "Strange Fruit."
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Bitch's Brew [7]
All you ever wanted to know about "All About Eve."
— Jeff Yanc, TUCSON WEEKLY
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ohsin Hamid's debut novel, "Moth Smoke," is a tale of flirtation: of a man's for the elite class from which he has fallen, and of a nation to be an international power. Both flutter close to the flame.

If "We Shall Overcome" was the anthem of the civil rights movement, then "Strange Fruit" was its opening chord. David Margolick's new book examines the history of this powerful song.

Is an entire book about "the bitchiest film ever made" necessary? You read "All About 'All About Eve'" and decide for yourself. At least start with our review.

Plus, two reviews of Jane Smiley's new "Horse Heaven," a catastrophe of a book, and more.


Now What? [8]
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