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Josh Weil's 'Great Glass Sea' an epic fantasy of brotherly bonds
Josh Weil's 'Great Glass Sea' an epic fantasy of brotherly bonds

A fantasy about an alternate near-future Russia, Josh Weil's "The Great Glass Sea" tells the moving and sensitive tale of two brothers caught up in cultural turmoil. The author's first novel after his much-lauded collection, "The New Valley," it often evokes the mythic feel of a contemporary classic like Mark Helprin's "Winter's Tale," despite an occasional tendency toward self-indulgence and the overly whimsical. Inseparable for years, Dima and Yarik are forever changed by the loss of their farmer father to drowning and their mother (temporarily) to grief. Moving to the city of Petroplavilsk, they become laborers at the epicenter of a...

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