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    The following novels attracted my attention because David Duncan was a literature student of mine, A. B. Paulson and Thomas Doulis are former colleagues, Patrick Garry is a friend by correspondence, and Eugene Chicchinelli is my dentist. None of them asked me to read anything. These writers tried to launch literary careers during the Feminist Period (1970-present), when “Literary quality became secondary to representational issues…. By the end of the 1980s, every publisher had complied with the demands of the [Feminist] critics…. The goal of the language police is not just to stop us from using objectionable words but to stop us from having objectionable thoughts…. For twenty-five years, give or take a few, we have lived with this system of silent censorship.” (Diane Ravitch, The Language Police, 2003: 158, 87, 96)



  Michael Hollister (2015)
 

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The River Why? (1983), David James Duncan

Watchman Tell Us of the Night (1987), A. B. Paulson

Underwater Rodeo: Saga of a Deep Sea Diver (2000), Eugene Chicchinelli

The Open Hearth (2000), Thomas Doulis

In the Shadow of War (2006), Patrick Garry

Saving Faith (2007), Garry