For Science by Marléne Zadig

It’s an honor for me to even have been invited to this seaside post mortem exam. I’m only a second-year grad student, and the next lowest ranking academic to attend the cetacean necropsy is a post-doc from my department named Ismael. He’s the one who invited me, and I am grateful for the opportunity — I truly am.

Book Reviews

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

The debut from Publishers Weekly fiction reviews editor Gabe Habash, Stephen Florida, is different from so many other contemporary novels. Those differences will inevitably turn off some readers, but if you’d enjoy an intense dive into the consciousness of a vile yet fascinating narrator, this is your book.



Hotel Inheritance by Jonathan Crowl

You do this work long enough, you find one. Lupe opened the door on a couple who had OD’d in their underwear, a needle hanging from the woman’s arm.

Book Reviews

Atlantic Hotel by João Gilberto Noll, tr Adam Morris

João Gilberto Noll died this March at the age of 70. Widely known (at least for a writer of fiction) in his native Brazil, Noll’s reputation is only beginning to be made in the Anglophone world.



Life, Redacted by Marsha McSpadden

This is a kind of love story. The kind of love when the world is war.

Book Reviews

In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These by Kat Meads

Set in the South during the 1970s, at the heart of Kat Meads’s In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These is change: a changing belief system, a changing setting, and a changing world altogether.



The Sea Child by Brianna McNish

They emerge naked from the sea. They are blue-faced after swallowing lungfuls of air, their long, fat legs wobbling to hold their bodies upright. They speak in a language consisting only of mimicking fishes’ soft-spoken blub-blub-blub.

Book Reviews

Seeing People Off by Jana Beňová, tr Janet Livingstone

A winner of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2012, Jana Beňová’s Seeing People Off (Plán odprevádzania) was published last month in a stunning English translation by Janet Livingstone.



Wikipedia by Diana Clarke

I knock on my sister’s door to make sure she is still alive. When she opens it, she is not dead, but she does have a swollen finger.

Book Reviews

The Spoils by Casey Pycior

Even those readers who have never been to the Midwestern United States, never seen the plains of Kansas nor the peaks of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, never dipped a fingertip in the ice-cold lakes of Illinois and Wisconsin, the wind cutting like the blade of a newly sharpened knife, will, after reading Casey Pycior’s debut collection, feel a kinship…


Research Notes

Kevin Allardice on Family, Genus, Species

Research — to search — sounds glamorous, romantic, even adventurous. Indiana Jones does research. That dimly mulleted man Tom Hanks plays in The Da Vinci Code does research. A noble and globe-trotting — perhaps perilous — seeking out of the truth!