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Fiction: A New Novel Mixes Mental Illness, Revenge and Longing

The voice in Alexander Maksik’s new novel, “Shelter in Place,” is that of a man waiting (and hoping) for a woman to return to him.
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The writing is clear and economical, and to Maksik’s credit it never competes with Jacqueline’s ongoing plight. Add a plot so tightly focused on her immediate hardships and the unbreakable link to her mother, whose voice comes to he...

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The first line of Alexander Maksik's third novel, "Shelter in Place," perfectly sets the stage for this brutal, elegant book full of yearning and nostalgia. "In the summer of 1991 my mother beat a man to death with a twenty-two ounc...


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