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Genre: Contemporary literature

The genre classification of Contemporary literature represents certain texts written during and after 1960. There are also other requirements for a text to classify as Contemporary literature; the text should be of a class distinguishable by a high standard of writing; be it beauty, composition, style, significance.

Book review: The Giddy Death of the Gays and Strange Demise of Straights by Redfern Jon Barrett


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In Swansea, Wales, a nightclub burns down. A seemingly small incident, but inflaming a section of the community keen on white pride and general bigotry. Word flies while the club burns and Dom, his girlfriend Caroline and flatmate Richard, Richard's sort-of-friend Rutti, and their friends are all drawn to the flames. To each of them, the destruction seems to portent a significant shift in their lives. Can each of these friends weather the coming storm?

Book review: South Of Everything by Audrey Taylor Gonzalez


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Germanville in the 1940s is rife with segregation and inequality. For Missy Sara, daughter of wealthy plantation owners, this inequality is incomprehensible, and her coming of age story is her struggle to understand the world around her through her own kind of magic.

Book Review: The Stray American by Wendy Brandmark


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Larry doesn’t know what he wants, but it wasn’t corporate law in Boston and it doesn’t seem like it’s lecturing in an American college in London either. He’s chasing his truth, and looking for it in all the wrong girls. But is a relationship what he needs to make himself whole?

Book review: The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner


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Rebecca Wilding has it all – a great job, a handsome husband, and two successfully grown up kids. Her husband, Stephen, has been acting a little odd, but hopefully their holiday to Europe will cure any small ills in the relationship. However, Rebecca's problems can't be written off as small ills, and by the time she figures out how deep they are it might be too late...

Book review: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut


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Howard W Campbell Jr. sits in an Israeli jail, an American-born German national waiting to be tried as a Nazi war criminal in 1961. This is his story.

Book review: Straw Writes by Christopher Shugrue


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While the US considers itself permanently at war, the devastating effects of conflict so close to home often go unremarked. Straw Writes is the brutal and fractured account of a veteran, haunted by what he has seen.

Book review: Truth by Peter Temple


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A young girl is found naked and dead in one of Melbourne's newest, most secure residential buildings on top of a casino. The players are powerful, and nobody's talking. Three bodies are found tortured to death in a house in Oakleigh, there are no breaks in the case, or the the stifling Melbourne bushfire summer. For the head of homicide, it's a matter of keeping on.

Book review: Ripper by Isabel Allende


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A serial-killer-thriller all twisted up in Allende's very distinctive style? How could I pass this reading opportunity up? Well, I couldn't.

Book review: Em And The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto


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Not your average love story.

Book review: The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Book review: The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai


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Some houses have a history. People believe the Devohr mansion is haunted, but nobody knows the whole ghost story...

Book review: The True Story Of Butterfish by Nick Earls


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If this was a house, it would be the one Curtis Holland lives in - a classy little Queenslander with a studio out the back in a granny flat, a great record collection and clean sheets for visitors.

Book review: Snuff by Chuck Palaniuk


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If this was any less erotic, grandparents would be involved. (The fact that the author failed to include any was most likely an accident.)

Book review: Pandora In The Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol


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If this was as good as it could potentially have been, plus featured a giant walking robot, then Pinol would be my new favourite author.

Book review: Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman


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If this was a bar, it would be one you stopped in out of desperation in a town you've never been to and to which you'll never return, that just happens to have the best fucking jukebox you've ever seen, frighteningly cheap drinks, and provides a blurry night you'll be retelling for years.

Book review: Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole


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If this was a stand-up comedian, it would be that transfixingly terrible lounge singer Andy Kaufman used to inhabit. Only better.

Book review: Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw


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Modern Shanghai is a city that chews you up and spits you out. A city where starry-eyed hopefuls gather to make it, where sad people run to escape for anonymity. But when you think you're getting somewhere, Shanghai will take everything from you. Five Star Billionaire is a story about the intersections of several lives in a city teeming with people, and their successes.

Book review: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka


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If this was an alcoholic drink, it would be a sweet and surprisingly potent plum wine, brewed to an old family recipe.

Book review: Children Of The Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani


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A haunting and beautiful weave of stories, tying two generations over twenty years to the tragic city of Tehran.

Book review: The Clock Of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren


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A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, where growing up is tough and the shaping of a boy into a man is fused with tragedy.

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