Author Archives: Holloway McCandless

Holloway McCandless

Holloway McCandless is a freelance writer who also reviews free literary podcasts at

What Becomes by A.L. Kennedy

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The stories in A.L. Kennedy’s What Becomes seem driven by two entities: the author’s brain and her prose appendage. The latter is so alive it appears to possess a separate language pulse. In heightened moments Kennedy uses language to bind thought to physical sensation, which in turn stimulates a replicated response in the brain of the reader. This simulated experience is what makes her stories so striking and also intense.

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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Whether their subjugation is political, familial, romantic, or cultural, Adichie’s headstrong and heartstrong heroines reach a point where they take action to loosen whatever is choking them.

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A Gate At The Stairs by Lorrie Moore, Reviewed

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No one who is a fan of Lorrie Moore, or of coming-of-age novels rich in wit and specificity, should resist reading A Gate At The Stairs.

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