Amy Jo Burns’ first novel is a powerful story of generations linked by trauma, and of the hope and resilience needed to break a cycle of misery.

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Review of ‘Shiner’

In Amy Jo Burns’ lyrical first novel, the sheltered life of 15-year-old Wren Bird bursts open under the weight of family secrets hidden deep in the mountain hollers of West Virginia. 

Wren is the daughter of snake-handling preacher Briar Bird, who holds services in an abandoned gas station outside of the appropriately named town of…

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