DEAR EDWARD became one of my all-time favorite books before I’d even finished the novel. I bought it as an audiobook—loved the narrator—but halfway through, picked up the hardback for my to-be-reread pile. It’s a novel you’ll want to savor and revisit. (And mark-up if you’re a writer.) The premise is deceptively simple: a twelve-year-old…

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WILDLAND by Rebecca Hodge is an outstanding debut. It’s a story of courage and humanity; of ordinary people battling extraordinary circumstances; of the scars we carry—seen and unseen; of what it means to be a parent. And one of the main characters is a forest fire. Kat, the heroine, is a widow, a mother, and…

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