Book Review: Bloomland by John Englehardt

BloomlandAuthor: John EnglehardtDzanc Books, 2019ISBN: 978-1-945814-93-8$26.95     A Bloomland of Fabulist Realism: On John Englehardt’s BloomlandReview by Carling RamsdellJohn Englehardt’s debut novel, Bloomland, is about immediate trauma—a school shooting, a...

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