Book Reviews

Not One Day by Anne Garréta

Garréta, a member of Oulipo and author of the award-winning novel, Sphinx, begins with a question—what should she do to keep her readers engaged while they are waiting on her next novel?

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Fiction

The Cat by Melissa Benton Barker

For many years I lived alone with my cat. I worked at a job like everyone else, but I only shared my life with my cat.

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And Then by Donald Breckenridge

And Then is a taut meditation on the living and the dead, and the hold they have on our present lives.

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Hair Everywhere by Tea Tulić, tr Coral Petkovich

Tea Tulić’s debut novel, Hair Everywhere, is a manifestation of our growing obsession with autofiction, setting down a deeply personal experience of bereavement.

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The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan

San Francisco-based, Irish author Ethel Rohan’s debut novel, The Weight of Him, confronts weight in all its manifestations of burden. Rohan’s main character, “Big” Billy Brennan, is a middle-aged family man still reeling from the recent suicide of his child. With his world suddenly turned inside out, Billy begins to act as unmoored as he feels.

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Fiction

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.

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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.

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Fiction

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.

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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.

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Fiction

Life, Redacted by Marsha McSpadden

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

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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.