Peter Straus

The Bear’s Hug

An Unfinished Life

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AN UNFINISHED LIFE is about as well-finished a novel as you could get. Mark Spragg has fashioned out of one family’s harsh vicissitudes, played out in the country around where he lives, a work which reaffirms one’s belief in family and in family values. It is staggeringly good.

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