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FICTION: Colin Barrett's radiant collection showcases a dazzling talent from the Emerald Isle. "Homesickness: Stories" by Colin Barrett; Grove (224 pages, $27) ——— Many a writer claims mastery of technique, but few deliver at the auspicious level of Colin Barrett, whose roving perspectives, lopped-off endings and Kevin Barry-esque dialogue dazzle in his second collection, "Homesickness." ...

BALTIMORE — About five years ago, relatives began vanishing from the Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler’s life like disappearing ink. They faded away so gradually and quietly Tyler hadn’t even realized they were gone, leaving behind only faint traces of long-ago relationships. A friend compiling a genealogical chart told Tyler she had discovered that two aunts had passed away: the author’s mother’s ...

FICTION: NoViolet Bulawayo reimagines George Orwell's "Animal Farm" in an ambitious fable about post-colonial African politics. "Glory" by NoViolet Bulawayo; Viking (416 pages, $27) ——— It's George Orwell's world; we just live in it. Recently I reread "1984" (originally published in 1949), and was thunderstruck: All the chilling terms his novel has bequeathed to the English language — ...

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