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Julia Fine

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Julia Fine is a recent MFA graduate of Columbia College Chicago and now teaches writing at DePaul University. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fantasy

Julia Fine recommends
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey (2020)
Kathleen Rooney
"Kathleen Rooney’s immersive, immaculate new novel is both a memorial and an imperative, broadening our collective definition of humanity and courage. In bell-clear prose, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey paints a harrowing portrait of the callousness and deep compassion of those—both man and bird—involved in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Like Rooney’s rich and poignant characters, readers will emerge from the pocket irrevocably changed."
The Last Migration (2020)
Charlotte McConaghy
"An astounding meditation on love, trauma, and the cost of survival. With soulful prose and deep empathy, McConaghy weaves parallel stories of a woman and a world on the brink of devastation, but never without hope. This is a true force of a book that I read holding my breath from its start to its symphonic finish."
These Violent Delights (2020)
Micah Nemerever
"Visceral, intimate, and all-consuming, this gutsy debut is both intellectual and fiercely animal. A chilling exploration into desire and infatuation that questions how well we ever really know our lovers—or ourselves. Nemerever’s propulsive, crystalline language and gutting insights make the pages fly by, hurtling you toward the inevitable, astounding ending."
We Can Only Save Ourselves (2021)
Alison Wisdom
"Alison Wisdom's clear-eyed debut lulls you into a tenuous comfort, only to jump out when least expected. The collective narration flawlessly juggles youthful idealism and hardened maturity, marking the decisions women make--both deliberate and coerced--and their struggle to break free from societies determined to stifle their freedom to choose. Insidiously haunting, subtly clever, and impossible to put down."
The Weight of Loss (2022)
Sally Oliver
"Intelligent, addictive, and unsettling. Sally Oliver is a thoughtful, gorgeous writer, and this layered exploration of trauma, family, and selfhood will linger."
More Than You'll Ever Know (2022)
Katie Gutierrez
"As addictive as a real-life who-dunnit, with thoughtful attention to the ethical implications of the true crime genre, More Than You'll Ever Know explores how we entangle ourselves one choice at a time, and what it costs to unravel the damage. Crystalline and multi-faceted, this is a page-turner brimming with empathy, a window into 1980s Mexico City and Laredo, and the ways community both bouys and pulls us under. Katie Gutierrez is a force, and she writes fabulously complicated, fully-realized characters who will linger with you long after the final page."

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