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New Fiction - Fall/Winter 2020

Fiction Edition
Fall / Winter 2020
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From what I hear, lots of folks had trouble getting into
fiction this year. There were, I suppose you can say,
distractions … reality itself seemed largely to have “lost
the plot.”
Fear not, though. We’re professionals, and we’re here to
We published a Fiction catalog a few months ago, but
decided we wanted a beefier version. We hop you enjoy.
-- Brad
Silence Is My Mother Tongue (Graywolf)
By Sulaiman Addonia
A sensuous, textured novel of life in a refugee camp, long-listed
for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.
With this cast of complex, beautifully drawn characters,
Sulaiman Addonia details the textures and rhythms of everyday
life in a refugee camp, and questions what it means to be an
individual when one has lost all that makes a home or a future.
Intimate and subversive, Silence Is My Mother Tongue dissects
the ways society wages war on women and explores the stories
we must tell to survive in a broken, inhospitable environment.
Homeland Elegies (Little Brown)
By Ayad Akhtar
Pam says:
“A masterful blend of memoir and fiction, this is an unforgettable
journey through the lives of a Muslim family finding their place in
a post-9/11 America. A searing navigation of the loves we try to
reconcile familial, religious, societal and the definition of
home. Written with wisdom, wit, and unsparing honesty, this an
important book that you will continue to contemplate for a very
long time. Both intimate and epic, this is a must-read.”
Leave the World Behind (Ecco)
By Rumaan Alam
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who
are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.
From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a
suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the
complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World
Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshapedand
unexpected new ones are forgedin moments of crisis.
The Trojan War Museum (W. W. Norton & Co.)
By Ayse Papatya Bucak
In Ayse Papatya Bucak’s dreamlike narratives, dead girls recount
gas explosions and a chess-playing automaton falls in love. A
student stops eating, and no one knows whether her act is
personal or political. A Turkish wrestler, a hero in the East, is
seen as a brute in the West. And in the masterful title story, the
Greek god Apollo confronts his personal history to memorialize,
and make sense of, generations of war. A joy and a provocation,
Bucak’s stories confront the nature of memory with humor and
myth, performance and authenticity.
Impostures (New York University Press)
By Al-arīrī
Impostures follows the roguish Abū Zayd al-Sarūjī in his
adventures around the medieval Middle East--we encounter
him impersonating a preacher, pretending to be blind, and
lying to a judge. In every escapade he shows himself to be a
brilliant and persuasive wordsmith, composing poetry,
palindromes, and riddles on the spot. Award-winning
translator Michael Cooperson transforms Arabic wordplay
into English wordplay of his own, using fifty different
registers of English, from the distinctive literary styles of
authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Mark Twain, and Virginia
Woolf, to global varieties of English including Cockney
rhyming slang, Nigerian English, and Singaporean English.
The Vanishing Half (Riverhead)
By Brit Bennett
From bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new
novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who
ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one
black and one white.
Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this
family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to
the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a
riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of
the American history of passing.
Slum Virgin (Charco Press)
By Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Frances Riddle
"Queer writing at its most exhilarating." -- Times Literary
The slums of Buenos Aires, the government, the mafia, the Virgin
Mary, corrupt police, sex workers, thieves, drug dealers, and
debauchery all combine in this sweeping novel deemed a “revelation
for contemporary literature” and “pure dynamite” (Andrés Neuman,
author of Traveller of the Century & Talking to Ourselves).
Jillian (Penguin)
By Halle Butler
The "sublimely awkward and hilarious" (Chicago Tribune),
National Book Award "5 Under 35"-garnering first novel from the
acclaimed author of The New Me--now in a new edition
Brutally funny, Jillian is a subversive portrait of two women
trapped in cycles of self-delusion and self-destruction, each more
like the other than they would care to admit.
Bestiary (One World)
By K-Ming Chang
Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted
by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral
debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and
buried secrets.
With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K-Ming Chang is an
explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of
Helen Oyeyemi with the subversive storytelling of Maxine Hong
We Defy Augury (Seagull)
By Hélène Cixous , Beverley Bie Brahic (Translator))
Under the sign of Hamlet’s last act, Hélène Cixous, in her eightieth
year, launched her new bookand the latest chapter in her Human
Comedy, her Search for Lost Time. Surely one of the most
delightful, in its exposure of the seams of her extraordinary craft,
We Defy Augury finds the reader among familiar faces. In these
pages we encounter Eve, the indomitable mother; Jacques Derrida,
the faithful friend; children, neighbors; and always the literary
forebears: Montaigne, Diderot, Proust, and, in one moving passage,
Erich Maria Remarque. We Defy Augury moves easily from
Cixous’s Algerian childhood, to Bacharach in the Rhineland, to,
eerily, the Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade
Center, in the year 2000.
The New Wilderness (Ecco)
By Diane Cook
Margaret Atwood meets Miranda July in this wildly imaginative
debut novel of a mother's battle to save her daughter in a world
ravaged by climate change.
At once a blazing lament of our contempt for nature and a deeply
humane portrayal of motherhood and what it means to be human,
The New Wilderness is an extraordinary novel from a one-of-a-
kind literary force.
The Silence (Scribner)
By Don DeLillo
From one of the most dazzling and essential voices in American
fiction, a timely and compelling novel set in the near future about
five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment, in the
midst of a catastrophic event.
Don DeLillo completed this novel just weeks before the advent of
Covid-19. The Silence is the story of a different catastrophic event.
Its resonances offer a mysterious solace.
Grabeland (Nightboat Books)
By Eteam
Grabeland takes place in a country that no longer exists, in a
culture rooted in soil and projections. Like a travelogue, the
story tours the inner exiles of its characters as they test the
limitations of their actual existence.
Brad says: “This novel has no business being as readable,
funny, and interesting as it is. It defies you to fully understand
what’s happening, but also to put down.”
The Lying Life of Adults (Europa Editions)
By Elena Ferrante
Named one of 2016's most influential people by Time and
frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena
Ferrante has become one of the world's most read and beloved
writers. With this new novel about the transition from
childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once
again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life
of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly
addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.
Brad says: “Less epic in its scope than her masterpiece, but
laser-focused in its intensity. I couldn’t stop reading it.
The Death of Vivek Oji (Riverhead Books)
By Akwaeke Emezi
One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens
her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful
fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-
wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child
whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious.
One of the most anticipated novels of the year by one of Nigeria's
brightest literary stars. A wrought, beautiful story of a family
coming to terms with a child they neither really know nor
Natural History (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
By Carlos Fonseca
A dazzling, kaleidoscopic epic of art, politics, and hidden realities.
Natural History is the portrait of a world trapped between faith
and irony, between tragedy and farce. A defiantly contemporary
and impressively ambitious novel in the tradition of Italo Calvino
and Ricardo Piglia, it confirms Carlos Fonseca as one of the most
daring writers of his generation.
The Office of Historical Corrections (Riverhead)
By Danielle Evans
Thu says:
“A contemporary collection of short stories with a concise and
piercing voice about human complexities that quietly grates
against the grain, but doesn’t make excuses for our bad behavior.”
A Particular Kind of Black Man (Simon & Schuster)
By Tope Folarin
An “electrifying” (Publishers Weekly) debut novel from Rhodes
Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing about a
Nigerian family living in Utah and their uneasy assimilation to
American life.
Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of
Black Man is “wild, vulnerable, lived…A study of the particulate
self, the self as a constellation of moving parts” (The New York
Times Book Review).
Crooked Hallelujah (Grove Press)
By Kelli Jo Ford
Crooked Hallelujah tells the stories of a Justine--a mixed-blood
Cherokee woman-- and her daughter, Reney, as they move from
Eastern Oklahoma's Indian Country in the hopes of starting a
new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s.
However, life in Texas isn't easy, and Reney feels unmoored
from her family in Indian Country. Against the vivid backdrop of
the Red River, we see their struggle to survive in a world--of
unreliable men and near-Biblical natural forces, like wildfires
and tornadoes--intent on stripping away their connections to one
another and their very ideas of home.
The Recognitions (NYRB Classics)
By William Gaddis
Brad says:
“An American Ulysses? Maybe, though Gaddis insisted he hadn’t so
much as picked up James Joyce’s classic prior to writing his debut
novel in 1955. Is it a challenge? Yes … Is it one of the most
audacious examples of prose in 20th century American literature?
Without a doubt. I love absolutely everything about this book.
People will say there is at least one too many party scenes, but
they are wrong, wrong, wrong.”
J R (NYRB Classics)
By William Gaddis
Brad says:
“How do you follow the ambition of The Recognitions? How about
yet more ambition … and virtually nothing but dialogue?
Sardonic and prescient, J R sees into the ridiculousness of late-
capitalism, and mostly just laughs. What else can you do, really,
besides rage and/or cry?
Come for the unattributed dialogue, stay for the scene
Valentino and Sagittarius (NYRB Classics)
By Natalia Ginzburg, Avril Bardoni (Translator),
Two novellas about family life and fraudsters by one of the
twentieth century's best Italian novelists.
Valentino and Sagittarius are two of Natalia Ginzburg’s most
celebrated works: tales of love, hope, and delusion that are full of
her characteristic mordant humor, keen psychological insight, and
unflinching moral realism.
The Shame (Milkweed Press)
By Makenna Goodman
Alma and her family live close to the land: they raise chickens and
sheep, they make maple syrup. Every day Alma's husband leaves for
his job at a nearby college while she stays home with their young
children, cleans, searches for secondhand goods online, and reads
books by the women writers she adores. Then, one night, she
abruptly leaves it all behind--speeding through the darkness, away
from their Vermont homestead, bound for New York.
A fable both blistering and surreal, The Shame is a propulsive,
funny, and thought-provoking debut about a woman in isolation,
whose mind--fueled by capitalism, motherhood, and the search for
meaningful art--attempts to betray her.
Difficult Light (Archipelago)
By Tomas Gonzalez, Andrea Rosenberg
Over twenty years after his son's death, nearly blind and unable
to paint, David turns to writing to examine the deep shades of his
loss. Despite his acute pain, or perhaps because of it, David
observes beauty in the ordinary: in the resemblance of a woman to
Egyptian portraits, in the horseshoe crabs that wash up on Coney
Island, in the foam gathering behind a ferry propeller; in these
moments, González reveals the world through a painter's eyes.
From one of Colombia's greatest contemporary novelists, Difficult
Light is a formally daring meditation on grief, written in candid,
arresting prose.
Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf)
By Yaa Gyasi (Sept. 1)
Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national
bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply
layered novel.
Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family
of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction
and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love.
Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an
exceptionally powerful novel.
Party of Two (Berkley)
By Jasmine Guillory
In the mood for some romance? Lucky for you one of the
contemporary great romance writers, Jasmine Guillory, is our
neighbor and friend!
Because she's ever so cool, she's happy to sign copies of all her
books purchased from her neighborhood bookstore -- that'd be
When you order, just let us know if you'd like it personalized.
A World Between (Feminist Press)
By Emily Hashimoto
A college fling between two women turns into a lifelong connection-
-and spells out a new kind of love story for a millennial, immigrant
Emily Hashimoto's debut novel perfectly captures the wonder and
confusion of growing up and growing closer. Narrated in sparkling
prose, A World Between follows two strikingly different but
interconnected women as they navigate family, female friendship,
and their own fraught history.
Long Live the Post Horn! (Verso)
By Vigdis Hjorth, Charlotte Barslund (Translator)
"Vigdis Hjorth is one of my favorite contemporary writers."
Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood and How Should a
Person Be?
This is an existential scream of a novel about loneliness (and the
postal service!), written in Vigdis Hjorth's trademark spare,
rhythmic and cutting style.
Magic Lessons (Simon & Schuster)
By Alice Hoffman
In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its
source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria
Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of
the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic
and The Rules of Magic.
Difficult Light (Verso)
By Jenny Hval
A genre-warping, time-travelling horror novel-slash-feminist
manifesto for fans of Clarice Lispector and Jeanette Winterson.
Jenny Hval's latest novel is a radical fusion of queer feminist
theory and experimental horror, and a unique treatise on magic,
writing and art.
Welcome to 1990s Norway. White picket fences run in neat rows
and Christian conservatism runs deep. But as the Artist considers
her work, things start stirring themselves up. In a corner of Oslo
a coven of witches begin cooking up some curses. A time-travelling
Edvard Munch arrives in town to join a death metal band, closely
pursued by the teenaged subject of his painting Puberty, who has
murder on her mind. Meanwhile, out deep in the forest, a group of
school girls get very lost and things get very strange.
Stillicide (Catapult)
By Cynan Jones
Brad says:
“Is Cynan Jones yet the literary pride of Wales? I don’t know. I
should look into that. Because he should be!
Few can rival his manner of writing about the visceral horror
show that is the natural world … and worse still, our often very
unnatural relationship to it.
The Lost Writings (New Directions)
By Franz Kafka (Oct. 6)
A windfall for every reader: a trove of marvelous impossible-to-
find Kafka stories in a masterful new translation by Michael
Selected by the preeminent Kafka biographer and scholar Reiner
Stach and newly translated by the peerless Michael Hofmann,
the seventy-four pieces gathered here have been lost to sight for
decades and two of them have never been translated into English
before. Some stories are several pages long; some run about a
page; a handful are only a few lines long: all are marvels. Even
the most fragmentary texts are revelations.
High As the Waters Rise (Catapult)
By Anja Kampmann, Anne Posten (Translator)
Brad says:
“Very possibly my favorite novel of the year? Why only ‘very
possibly?’ Because 2020 was a clusterf*!k of a year, and my brain
is now mush.
But, yes, I adore this book. There’s an unsung (I don’t know,
maybe it’s been sung, I’ve been busy!) Homeric element to this
beautiful book, with Kampmann’s hero journeying into and out
of the stuff of love and language, like some world-weary
Counternarratives (New Directions)
By John Keane
Brad says:
“Not a new book, but who cares? With BIPOC lives being felled
daily by an assortment of institutional forces shrugging off protest
when they are not stamping it out, the stories of these lives, or
ones like them, are the stuff of histories untold by History. John
Keene's magnificent collection of stories/novellas reads like an epic
novel chronicling the colonized's defiant desire for justice and the
slave's multiform attempts at retribution. A true American
The Family Clause (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
By Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Alice Menzies (Translator)
Brad says:
“Truly mystified why this book has not yet been absolutely
massive this year. Is it because it’s a translation? If so, shame on
I am very hard on literary dialogue. It way too often rings untrue
to my (maybe tin?) ears. In The Family Clause it sings an aria. I
wanted to re-read this immediately after finishing it.
Never as grim as you expect it might turn. The stakes for this
misfit family are of the most relatable sort. Meaning they seem
enormous in the moment, and yet …. This is a delight.”
Antkind (Random House)
By Charlie Kaufman
When B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated
film critic, stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film made by an
enigmatic outsider, he knows that it is his mission to show it to the
rest of humanity. The only problem: the film is destroyed, leaving
him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.
All that’s left of this work of art is a single frame from which B.
must somehow attempt to recall the film that just might be the last
great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey
through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly
Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter.
Shelter in Place (Bloomsbury)
By David Leavitt
Shelter in Place is a novel about house and home, furniture and
rooms, safety and freedom and the invidious ways in which
political upheaval can undermine even the most seemingly
impregnable foundations.
A comic portrait of the months immediately following the 2016
election, it is also a meditation on the unreliable appetites-for
love, for power, for freedom-by which both our public and private
lives are shaped.
Red Pill (Knopf)
By Hari Kunzru
An intense “into the rabbit’s hole” adventure into the paranoia,
cynicism and violence of an alt-right mentality that is frightening
a worldwide phenomenon.
Kunzru deftly links the past with the present, in hopes of making
sense of what might become the future in his haunting new novel.
Alexandria (Graywolf)
By Paul Kingsnorth
Set in a time on the far side of an apocalypse, and perhaps on the
verge of another, Paul Kingsnorth’s radical new novel is a work of
matchless, mythic imagination. It is driven by elemental themes:
community versus the self, the mind versus the body, machine
over manand the tension between an unstable present and an
unknown, unknowable future.
Alexandria is the rousing conclusion to an extraordinary fiction
project that began with Kingsnorth’s prizewinning novel The
Wake, one that maps two thousand years of troubled human
To Be a Man (Harper)
By Nicole Krauss
In this new collection of stories, Nicole Krauss plunges into the
struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be
a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very
beginning of time. Set in our contemporary moment, and moving
across the globe from Switzerland, Japan, and New York City to
Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and South America, the stories in To Be a
Man feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children,
seducers, and even a lost husband who may never have been a
husband at all.
Grove (Transit Books)
By Esther Kinsky
Brad says:
“Published by our dear Oakland friends at Transit Books,
Grove is a follow-up to one of our favorite books of the past few
years -- Esther Kinsky's River. It's another blessedly quiet
book, with a sort of subterranean churning. The narrator
travels to a small village southeast of Rome in winter, and
embarks on walks and outings, exploring the banal and the
sublime with equal dedication and intensity. Esther Kinsky is
a powerful literary force. “
Pew (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
By Catherine Lacey
Leigh says:
“Catherine Lacey is one of my absolute favorite writers. She
translates loneliness onto the page in magical ways, and cuts
up culture mercilessly. I don't quite know what to say about
this book, except that it brings the concept of otherness
forward in your consciousness, and calls every character
(including the reader) on the peculiar desire to identify and
categorize. Despite its seriousness, it is a joy to read.”
The Arrest (Ecco)
By Jonathan Lethem
From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and
Motherless Brooklyn comes an utterly original post-collapse yarn
about two siblings, the man that came between them, and a
nuclear-powered super car.
The Arrest isn’t post-apocalypse. It isn’t a dystopia. It isn’t a
utopia. It’s just what happens when much of what we take for
grantedcars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for startersquits
working. . . .
Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
By Raven Leilani
Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and
slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven
Leilani’s Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make
sense of her lifeher hunger, her angerin a tumultuous era.
It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to
believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that
bring us into ourselves along the way.
The White Dress (Dorothy Project)
By Nathalie Léger, Natasha Lehrer (Translator)
In the third part of her triptych Léger grapples with the
tragic 2008 death of Italian performance artist Pippa Bacca,
who was raped and murdered while hiking from Italy to the
Middle East in a wedding dress to promote world peace. A
harrowing meditation on the risks women encounter in life
and in art, The White Dress also brings to a haunting
conclusion her personal interrogation--sustained across all
three books--of her relationship with her mother and the
desire for justice in our lives.
A Burning (Knopf)
By Megha Majumdar
For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an
electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who
seek to rise--to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the
movies--and find their lives entangled in the wake of a
catastrophe in contemporary India.
Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening
lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so
compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes
with assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read
here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption,
justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet
nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism.
Suite for Barbara Loden(Dorothy Project)
By Nathalie Léger, Natasha Lehrer & Cécile
Menon (Translators)
Brad says:
“Nathalie Léger’s spell-binding trilogy is utterly original in
conceit and execution. What she as accomplished in these
three books, to my eye, is as close to literary perfection as I’d
ever wish to allow my very imperfect eyes.”
Exposition (Dorothy Project)
By Nathalie Léger, Amanda DeMarco (Translator)
Exposition is the first in a triptych of books by the award-
winning writer and archivist Nathalie ger that includes
Suite for Barbara Loden and The White Dress. In each, Léger
sets the story of a female artist against the background of her
own life and research--an archivist's journey into the self,
into the lives that history hides from us. Here, her subject is
the Countess of Castiglione (1837-1899), who at the dawn of
photography dedicated herself to becoming the most
photographed woman in the world, modeling for hundreds of
photos, including "Scherzo di Follia," among the most famous
in history. Set long before our own "selfie" age,
The Bright Side Sanctuary For Animals
(Simon & Schuster)
By Becky Mandelbaum
From the winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short
Fiction comes a tender and funny debut novel, set over one
emotionally charged weekend at an animal sanctuary in western
Kansas, where maternal, romantic, and community bonds are tested
in the wake of an estranged daughter’s homecoming.
The New Americans (Simon & Schuster)
By Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The epic journey of a young Guatemalan American college
student, a “dreamer,” who gets deported and decides to make his
way back home to California.
Inspired in part by interviews with Central American refugees,
and told in lyrical prose, Micheline Aharonian Marcom weaves a
heart-pounding and heartbreaking tale of adventure. The New
American tells the story of one young man who risks so much to
go home.
Box-Hill: A Story of Low Self-Esteem (New Directions)
By Adam Mars-Jones
The winner of the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize.
A sizzling and deeply touching love story between two men, set in
the gay biker community of 1970s London. In Box Hill, a vivid
coming-of-age novel, a young man suddenly wakes up to his gay
selfon his eighteenth birthday, when he receives the best gift
ever: love and sex.
Where the Wild Ladies Are (Soft Skull Press)
By Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (Translator)
In this witty and exuberant collection of feminist retellings of
traditional Japanese folktales, humans live side by side with
spirits who provide a variety of useful services--from truth-telling
to babysitting, from protecting castles to fighting crime.
In this witty and exuberant collection of linked stories, Aoko
Matsuda takes the rich, millenia-old tradition of Japanese
folktales--shapeshifting wives and foxes, magical trees and wells--
and wholly reinvents them, presenting a world in which humans
are consoled, guided, challenged, and transformed by the only
sometimes visible forces that surround them.
Migrations (Flatiron)
By Charlotte McConaghy
Epic and intimate, heartbreaking and galvanizing, Charlotte
McConaghy's Migrations is an ode to a disappearing world and a
breathtaking page-turner about the possibility of hope against all
The Seventh Mansion (FSG Originals)
By Maryse Meijer
From the author of the story collections Heartbreaker and Rag
comes a powerful and propulsive debut novel that examines
activism, love, and purpose.
Maryse Meijer's The Seventh Mansion is both an urgent literary
call to arms and an unforgettable coming-of-age story about
finding love and selfhood in the face of mass extinction and
environmental destruction.
Children’s Bible (W. W. Norton))
By Lydia Millet
Leigh says:
“Lydia Millet's every sentence is a perfect little razor. This novel
hit me hard when I first read it, and upon second read, settled
right in to my heart. Hilarious, visionary, and unsettling to the
max, with its priorities in all the right places.”
Invisible Ink (Yale University Press)
By Patrick Modiano, Mark Polizzotti (Translator)
The latest work from Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano, Invisible Ink
is a spellbinding tale of memory and its illusions. Private detective
Jean Eyben receives an assignment to locate a missing woman, the
mysterious Noëlle Lefebvre. While the case proves fruitless, the
clues Jean discovers along the way continue to haunt him. Three
decades later, he resumes the investigation for himself, revisiting old
sites and tracking down witnesses, compelled by reasons he can’t
explain to follow the cold trail and discover the shocking truth once
and for all.
The Awkward Black Man (Grove Press)
By Walter Mosley
Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of
narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and
gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects
seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to
showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.
Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories
offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.
Tokyo Ueno Station (Riverhead)
By Yu Miro, Morgan Giles (Translator)
Winner of the National Book Award in Translated
Brad says:
“A quiet, haunted book . . . and without a doubt one of the year’s
best. I was happy to be a part of the jury to award this the
National Book Award in Translation this year.
You will treasure Tokyo Ueno Station and lend it out to your
closest friends.”
Brad says:
“This is an adrenaline shot of a novel. Foul mouth, ill-tempered,
and thunderously dark. The word that kept coming to mind was
‘Jarring.’ The phrase, ‘You’re not allowed to do that!’ I should
point out, all of the above is a compliment in my book! You will
be challenged on multiple fronts, but it is so very worth it.”
Set entirely at Wybrany College--a school where the wealthy
keep their kids safe from the chaos erupting in the cities--Four
by Four is a novel of insinuation and gossip, in which the truth
about Wybrany's "program" is always palpable, but never
explicit. The mysteries populating the novel open with the
disappearance of one of the "special," scholarship students. As
the first part unfolds, it becomes clear that all is not well in
Wybrany, and that something more sordid lurks beneath the
Hurricane Season (New Directions)
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translator)
Four By Four (Open Letter)
By Sara Mesa, Katie Whittemore (Translator)
Igifu (Archipelago)
By Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump
The stories in Igifu summon phantom memories of Rwanda and
radiate with the fierce ache of a survivor. From the National
Book Award finalist who Zadie Smith says, "rescues a million
souls from the collective noun genocide."
Her writing eclipses the great gaps of time and memory; in one
scene she is a child sitting squat with a jug of sweet, frothy milk
and in another she is an exiled teacher, writing down lists of her
dead. As in all her work, Scholastique sits up with them, her
witty and beaming beloved.
Earthlings (Grove) -
By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator)
Thu says:
“A "coming-of-age" novella with a twist -- the main character
believes she's an alien, but believe me, that's not the only twist. Not
even close. This sensuous and weird little book sees our Earth
through iridescent, fish-eyed goggles, and our social constructs as
inscrutable ciphers. Absorbing and other-worldly -- I could not put it
That Time of Year (Two Lines)
By Marie Ndiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator)
A literary horror story about power and assimilation, That Time
of Year marks NDiaye once again as a contemporary master of the
psychological novel. Working in the spirit of Leonora Carrington,
Victor LaValle, and Kōbō Abe, NDiaye's novel is a nightmarish
vision of otherness, privilege, and social amnesia, told with potent
clarity and a heady dose of the weird.
Brad adds: “Everybody who has dared take a vacation knows the
horror show it can become. This novel is for you.”
What Are You Going Through (Riverhead)
By Sigrid Nunez
In her unique voice, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a
novel about human connection and the changing nature of
relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the
unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her
book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live
Harmada (Two Lines)
By João Gilberto Noll, Edgar Garbelotto
Told using Noll's characteristic fragmented logic and spirited
prose, Harmada traces the life of this nameless man on a voyage
that takes him from aimless outcast to revered director of avant-
garde theater, from asylum patient to father to God, conjuring
along the way essential questions about the power of art and
storytelling, the vanity of glory, and the meaning of freedom.
A Girl Is a Body of Water (Tin House)
By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
International-award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga
Makumbi’s novel is a sweeping and powerful portrait of a
young girl and her family: who they are, what history has
taken from them, andmost importantlyhow they find their
way back to each other.
Makumbi’s unforgettable novel is a sweeping testament to the
true and lasting connections between history, tradition, family,
friends, and the promise of a different future.
Memory Police (Vintage)
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state
surveillance. On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing:
first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. Most of the inhabitants
are oblivious to these changes, while those few able to recall
the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police,
who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared
remains forgotten. When a young writer discovers that her
editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her
floorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last
way of preserving the past. Powerful and provocative, The
Memory Police is a stunning novel about the trauma of loss.
The Hole (New Directions)
By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translator)
By turns reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, David Lynch, and My
Neighbor Totoro, but singularly unsettling.
One day, while running an errand for her mother-in-law, she
comes across a strange creature, follows it to the embankment of
a river, and ends up falling into a holea hole that seems to have
been made specifically for her. This is the first in a series of
bizarre experiences that drive Asa deeper into the mysteries of
this rural landscape filled with eccentric characters and
unidentifiable creatures, leading her to question her role in this
world, and eventually, her sanity.
Hunter and the Harpoon (McGill-Queens Univ. Press)
By Markoosie Patsauq, Valerie Henitiuk (Translator),
Marc-Antoine Mahieu (Translator)
Published fifty years ago under the title oroon of the Hunter,
Markoosie Patsauq's novel helped establish the genre of
Indigenous fiction in Canada. This new English translation
unfolds the story of Kamik, a young hero who comes to manhood
while on a perilous hunt for a wounded polar bear. In this
astonishing tale of a people struggling for survival in a brutal
environment, Patsauq describes a life in the Canadian Arctic as
one that is reliant on cooperation and vigilance.
Brad says: “I read fiction desperate for a voice and a style I’ve not
read before. I read fiction for novels like Hunter and the
Stories for the Years (Yale Univ. Press)
By Luigi Pirandello, Virginia Jewiss (Translator
Regarded as one of Europe’s great modernists, Pirandello was also a
master storyteller, a fine observer of the drama of daily life with a
remarkable sense of the crushing burdens of class, gender, and
social conventions. Set in the author’s birthplace of Sicily, where the
arid terrain and isolated villages map the fragile interior world of
his characters, and in Rome, where modern life threatens centuries-
old traditions, these original stories are sun baked with the deep lore
of Italian folktales.
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (Univ. of West
Virginia Press)
By Deesha Philyaw
This tremendous debut explores the raw and tender places where
Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a
momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this
collection feature four generations of characters grappling with
who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the
church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.
Hamnet (Knopf)
By Maggie O’Farrell
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a
family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable
re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and
whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all
time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down.
One of the year’s best-reviewed novels.
The Bitch (World Editions)
By Pilar Quintana, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
Colombia's Pacific coast, where everyday life entails warding
off the brutal forces of nature. In this constant struggle,
nothing is taken for granted. Damaris lives with her fisherman
husband in a shack on a bluff overlooking the sea. Childless
and at that age "when women dry up," as her uncle puts it, she
is eager to adopt an orphaned puppy. But this act may bring
more than just affection into her home. The Bitch is written in
a prose as terse as the villagers, with stormsboth
meteorological and emotionallurking around each corner.
Beauty and dread live side by side in this poignant exploration
of the many meanings of motherhood and love.
The Discomfort of Evening (Graywolf)
By Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Michele Hutchison
A bestseller in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s
radical debut novel The Discomfort of Evening offers readers
a rare vision of rural and religious life in the Netherlands. In
it, they ask: In the absence of comfort and care, what can the
mind of a child invent to protect itself? And what happens
when that is not enough? With stunning psychological acuity
and images of haunting, violent beauty, Rijneveld has
created a captivating world of language unlike any other.
Jack (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
By Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson’s mythical world of Gilead, Iowa—the setting
of her novels Gilead, Home, and Lila, and now Jackand its
beloved characters have illuminated and interrogated the
complexities of American history, the power of our emotions, and
the wonders of a sacred world.
My Favorite Girlfriend Was a French Bulldog
By Legna Rodriguez Iglesias, Megan McDowell
A novel told in fifteen stories, linked by the same protagonist, our
narrator, who--in her own voice and channeling the voices of
others--creates an unsparing, multigenerational portrait of the
author’s native Cuba. In its daring style and structure--both
playful and profound, youthful and mature - and its frank
discussion of political and sexual identity, My Favorite Girlfriend
was a French Bulldog marks the emergence of an exciting new
The Regal Lemon Tree (Open Letter)
By Juan José Saer, Sergio Waisman (Translator)
Set during day and night of New Year's Eve--building up a barbecue
that takes on ritual significance--the novel focuses on a couple in the
north of Argentina who lost their only son eight years prior. Wenceslao
spends the day with his extended family and his memories while his
wife--truly paralyzed by grief--refuses to leave their island, which is
home to an almost magical lemon tree that blossoms at all times of the
year. With the recurring phrase, "dawn breaks, and his eyes are
already open," the novel takes on a dreamlike quality, manifesting the
troubles the couple has suffered under with an eeriness that calls to
mind the work of David Lynch.
Sleep Donation (Vintage)
By Karen Russell
For the first time in paperback, a haunting novella from the
uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers
Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia
epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it.
Fully illustrated with dreamy evocations of Russell's singular
imagination and featuring a brand-new "Nightmare Appendix,"
Sleep Donation will keep readers up long into the night and long
after haunt their dreams.
Ramifications (Coffee House Press)
By Daniel Saldaña Paris, Christina Macsweeney
Folding and refolding origami frogs, extracting the
symmetrical veins from leaves, retreating to an imaginary
world in his closet: after Teresa walked out the door one July
afternoon in 1994, her son filled the void she left with a series
of unusual rituals. Twenty-three years later, he lies in bed,
reconstructing the events surrounding his mother's
disappearance. Did she actually join the Zapatistas in the
jungles of Chiapas, as he was led to believe? He dissects his
memories of that fateful summer until a startling discovery
shatters his conception of his family's story.
The World Doesn’t Require You (Liveright)
By Rion Amilcar Scott
Established by the leaders of America’s only successful slave
revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, Rion Amilcar Scott’s
mythical Cross River, Maryland evokes the rhythms of its
founding. With lyrical prose and dialect, this story collection
presents a saga that echoes the fables carried down for
generationslike the screecher birds who swoop down for their
periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet
The Revisioners (Counterpoint)
By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Written by one of Oakland’s very own, The Revisioners explores
the depths of women's relationships--powerful women and
marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about
the bonds between mothers and their children, the dangers that
upend those bonds. At its core, it ponders generational legacies,
the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.
Summer (Pantheon)
By Ali Smith
The conclusion to Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet.
This is a story about people on the brink of change. They’re family, but
they think they’re strangers. So: Where does family begin? And what
do people who think they’ve got nothing in common have in common?
Minor Details (New Directions)
By Adania Shibli, Elisabeth Jaquette (Translator)
Brad says:
“Though it is nearly a novella in length, Adania Shibli’s Minor
Detail has the ethical complexity of an epic. In a narrative that
functions like two sides of a coin flipped high, its arc feels familiar
but the outcome never certain. The compact nature of Minor Detail
requires living up to its title. Everything must matter, and does,
including in the end the things that seem ultimately to have no
reason at all.”
Inventory of Losses (New Directions)
By Judith Schalansky, Jackie Smith (Translator)
Each disparate object described in this booka Caspar David
Friedrich painting, a species of tiger, a villa in Rome, a Greek
love poem, an island in the Pacificshares a common fate: it
no longer exists, except as the dead end of a paper trail.
Recalling the works of W. G. Sebald, Bruce Chatwin, or
Rebecca Solnit, An Inventory of Losses is a beautiful evocation
of twelve specific treasures that have been lost to the world
forever, and, taken as a whole, opens mesmerizing new vistas
of how we can think about extinction and loss.
Brad says: “This book scratches nearly every itch I have as a
reader. One of my favorites of the year.”
Your House Will Pay (Ecco)
By Steph Cha
“[A] suspense-filled page-turner.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen,
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer
A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in Los Angeles,
following two familiesone Korean-American, one African-
Americangrappling with the effects of a decades-old crime
A House Is a Body (Algonquin)
By Shruti Swamy
Dreams collide with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth
with identity in the twelve arresting stories of A House Is a Body.
Immersive and assured, provocative and probing, these are stories
written with the edge and precision of a knife blade. Set in the
United States and India, they reveal small but intense moments
of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world.
I Hold a Wolf By the Ears (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
By Laura van den Berg
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, Laura van den Berg’s first story
collection since her prizewinning book The Isle of Youth, draws
readers into a world of wholly original, sideways ghost stories that
linger in the mouth and the mind. Both timeless and urgent, these
eleven stories confront misogyny, violence, and the impossible
economics of America with van den Berg’s trademark spiky humor
and surreal eye. Moving from the peculiarities of Florida to liminal
spaces of travel in Mexico City, Sicily, and Iceland, I Hold a Wolf by
the Ears is uncannily attuned to our current moment, and to the
fears we reveal to no one but ourselves.
The Decameron Project (Scribner)
By Various
A stunning collection of short stories originally commissioned by
The New York Times Magazine as the COVID-19 pandemic swept
the world, from twenty-nine authors including Margaret Atwood,
Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, this year's National Book
Award winner Charles Yu, and more.
Their goal: to gather a collection of stories written as our current
pandemic first swept the globe. How might new fiction from some
of the finest writers working today help us memorialize and
understand the unimaginable? And what could be learned about
how this crisis will affect the art of fiction?
Memorial (Riverhead)
By Bryan Washington
Thu says:
Memorial is about a gay couple, Benson, a day care worker and
Mike, a chef, whose relationship has reached a place between
comfort and complacency. This is a reassuring debut with rhythmic
prose and an air of unresolved positivity that percolates hope
throughout the story. It is easily one of my favorite books.”
The Cold Millions (Harper)
By Jess Walter
An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set
against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century
America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers
a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm
between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple
Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-
Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction
(Arsenal Pulp)
Edited by Joshua Whitehead
This exciting and groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases
a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer
Indigenous) writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary
authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom
and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity
and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of
settler colonialism's histories.
Many People Die Like You (& Other Stories) -
By Lina Wolff, Saskia Vogel (Translator)
In this collection from the winner of Sweden's August Prize,
Lina Wolff gleefully wrenches unpredictability from the
suffocations of day-to-day life, shatters balances of power
without warning, and strips her characters down to their
strangest and most unstable selves. Wicked, discomfiting,
delightful and wry, delivered with the deadly wit for which
Wolff is known, Many People Die Like You presents the
uneasy spectacle of people in solitude, and probes, with
savage honesty, the choices we make when we believe no one
is watching ... or when we no longer care.
The Bass Rock (Pantheon)
By Evie Wyld
The lives of three women weave together across centuries in
Wyld’s latest novel. Sarah, accused of being a witch, is fleeing
for her life. Ruth, in the aftermath of World War II, is
navigating a new marriage and the strange waters of the
local community.Six decades later, Viv, still mourning the
death of her father, is cataloging Ruth’s belongings in Ruth’s
now-empty house.
As each woman’s story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear
that their choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small,
by the men who seek to control them. But in sisterhood there
is also the possibility of survival and a new way of life.
Piranesi (Bloomsbury)
By Susanna Clarke
From author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating,
hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.
Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its
corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon
thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within
the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up
staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not
afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of
the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the housea man called The Other,
who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research
into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores,
evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to
unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always
Drifts (Riverhead)
By Drifts
Drifts is an intimate portrait of reading, writing, and creative
obsession. At work on a novel that is overdue, spending long days
walking neighborhood streets with her restless terrier,
corresponding ardently with fellow writers, the narrator grows
obsessed with the challenge of writing the present tense, of
capturing time itself. Entranced by the work of Rainer Maria
Rilke, Albrecht Dürer, Chantal Akerman, and others, she
photographs the residents and strays of her neighborhood, haunts
bookstores and galleries, and records her thoughts in a yellow
notebook that soon subsumes her work on the novel. As winter
closes in, a series of disturbancesthe appearances and
disappearances of enigmatic figures, the burglary of her
apartmentleaves her distracted and uncertain . . . until an
intense and tender disruption changes everything.
Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-
1940 (Handheld Classics)
Edited by Melissa Edmundson
For fans of H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley, female writers of
the late nineteenth and early twentieth century embrace the
supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the Gothic in
Women's Weird.
Edited by literary historian Melissa Edmundson, Women's
Weird features the best classic Weird short stories that
showcase how these authors moved beyond the traditional
ghost story and into areas of Weird fiction and dark fantasy. A
haunted house, some very haunted gloves, a love that will
never die--these are examples of the classic gothic settings
reimagined by these turn of the century authors.
Authors include Charlotte Perkins Gilman ("The Giant
Wistaria"), Edith Nesbit ("The Shadow"), Edith Wharton
("Kerfol"), May Sinclair ('Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched"),
Mary Butts ("With and Without Buttons"), and D K Broster
("Crouching At The Door").
Women's Weird 2: More Strange Stories by Women,
1891-1937 (Handheld Classics)
Edited by Melissa Edmundson
Edited by literary historian Melissa Edmundson, Women's Weird 2
features thirteen classic Weird short stories that showcase how
these authors moved beyond the traditional ghost story and into
areas of Weird fiction and dark fantasy. A detective, a young
woman caught in a rainstorm, an author acquiring witchcraft
skills--these are examples of how women continued to push and
defy the genre expectations of the era.
Authors include Edith Stewart Drewry ("A Twin Identity"),
Katherine Mansfield ("The House"), Lettice Galbraith ("The Blue
Room"), Sarah Orne Jewett ("The Green Bowl"), Barbara Baynton
("A Dreamer"), Mary Wilkins Freeman ("The Hall Bedroom")... and
Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy
#2) (Tordotcom)
By Tamsyn Muir
The City We Became (Orbit)
By N. K. Jemisin
Adelaide says:
“N.K. Jemisin is the best fantasy writer doing it right now. This
book is big change from her Broken Earth trilogy but sure to
become just as loved. Definitely pick this one up.”
Three-time Hugo Award-winning N.K. Jemisin crafts her most
incredible novel yet, a story of culture, identity, magic, and myths
in contemporary New York City.
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir
continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow
the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder,
magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the
Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's
Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth
House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable
war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her
skills and become an angel of undeath but her health is
failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is
threatening to betray her.
Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor's Mithraeum with
three unfriendly teachers, hunted by the mad ghost of a
murdered planet, Harrow must confront two unwelcome
questions: is somebody trying to kill her? And if they succeeded,
would the universe be better off?
The Future of Another Timeline (Tor)
By Annalee Newitz
“A revolution is happening in speculative fiction, and
Annalee Newitz is leading the vanguard."--Wil Wheaton
From Annalee Newitz, founding editor of io9, comes a story of
time travel, murder, and the lengths we'll go to protect the
ones we love.
A Deadly Education (Del Rey)
By Naomi Novik
From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the
story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite
the rules of magic.
“The dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.” Katherine
Arden, author of the Winternight Trilogy
The Mermaid, the Witch, & the Sea (Candlewick)
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall
In a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic, a desperate
orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial lady find a connection
on the high seas.
Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s sweeping fantasy debut, full of stolen memories,
illicit mermaid’s blood, double agents, and haunting mythical creatures
conjures an extraordinary cast of characters and the unforgettable
story of a couple striving to stay together in the face of myriad forces
wishing to control their identities and destinies.
The Clerk (Open Letter)
By Guillermo Saccomanno,
Andrea G. Labinger (Translator)
To what depths is a man willing to go to hold on to a dream? The
Clerk tells a story that happened yesterday, but still hasn't
happened, and yet is happening now. And we didn't even notice,
too tied up in our jobs, our salaries, our appearances. This novel
embraces an anti-utopia, a world of Ballard but also of
The Ministry of the Future (Orbit)
By Kim Stanley Robinson
From legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson
comes a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming
The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination,
using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate
change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, post-
apocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us -- and in
which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we
It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful
in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original
books on climate change ever written.
Munchausen and Clarissa: A Berlin Novel (Wakefield)
By Paul Scheerbart, Christina Svendsen (Translator)
Baron Munchausen returns with visions of mobile architecture and
journeys to sausage moons, in this previously untranslated novel
from Paul Scheerbart.
Paul Scheerbart (1863-1915) was a novelist, playwright, poet, critic,
draftsman, visionary, proponent of glass architecture and would-be
inventor of perpetual motion. Dubbed the "wise clown" by his
contemporaries, he opposed the naturalism of his day with
fantastical fables and interplanetary satires that would influence
Expressionist authors and the German Dada movement, and which
helped found German science fiction.
Mystery / Thriller
Ambergris (MCD)
By Jeff VanderMeer
From the author of Borne and Annihilation comes the one-volume
hardcover reissue of his cult classic Ambergris Trilogy.
Before Area X, there was Ambergris. Jeff VanderMeer conceived
what would become his first cult classic series of speculative works:
the Ambergris Trilogy. Now, for the first time ever, the story of the
sprawling metropolis of Ambergris is collected into a single volume,
including City of Saints and Madmen, Shriek: An Afterword, and
Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village
would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the
Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to
build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing
much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone
missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers
of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to
realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.
Vultures in the Sky (Penzler)
By Todd Downing
A suspenseful whodunnit that charts a path through the
Mexican wilderness, Vultures in the Sky highlights the best
aspects of the Golden Age mystery, mixing classical detective
work with a tense, closed-circle setting. The third novel in
Todd Downing’s Hugh Rennert series (which can be enjoyed
in any order), it shows an undeservedly forgotten author
working at the top of his craft.
The Searcher (Viking)
By Tana French
Liz says:
“I love Auntie Poldi. A mystery tailor-made for me -- funny, smart,
full of life and packed with gorgeous Sicilean details. Poldi is an
amateur sleuth for the ages. Pari with a nice cold bottle of prosecco.”
Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio (Mariner)
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translator)
Of Cats and Elfins (Handheld Classics)
By Sylvia Townsend Warner
The twenty-three stories in Of Cats and Elfins encompass
scholarship (Warner’s ground-breaking 1927 essay ‘The
Kingdoms of Elfin’, on modern Elfinology), black humor, the
Gothic, and the bizarrely anthropomorphic cats of The Cat’s
Cradle Book, which reflect Warner’s preoccupation with the
dark forces at large in Europe in the 1940s.
Snow (Hanover Square)
By John Banville
"Banville sets up and then deftly demolishes the Agatha
Christie format...superbly rich and sophisticated."--New York
Times Book Review
The incomparable Booker Prize winner's next great crime
novel--the story of a family whose secrets resurface when a
parish priest is found murdered in their ancestral home.
Moonflower Murders (Harper)
By Anthony Horowitz
Featuring his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and
Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie
Murders, a brilliantly complex literary thriller with echoes of
Agatha Christie from Anthony Horowitz.
Clever, relentlessly suspenseful, and full of twists that will
keep readers guessing with each revelation and clue,
Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage
English crime fiction from one of its greatest masterminds
Dykes To Watch Out For (Mariner Books)
By Alison Bechdel
Bechdel’s brilliantly imagined countercultural band of friends—
academics, social workers, bookstore clerksfall in and out of
love, negotiate friendships, raise children, switch careers, and
cope with aging parents. Bechdel fuses high and low culture
from foreign policy to domestic routine, hot sex to postmodern
theory—in a serial graphic narrative “suitable for humanists of
all persuasions.”
All the Devils Are Here (Minotaur)
By Louise Penny
The sixteenth novel by the great Louise Penny finds Chief
Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec
investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light.
"The strengths of this latest procedural from the inimitable Penny
will attract her longtime fans and also draw in new admirers. A
deft touch with plotting, sensitive characterization, and the
author’s warmth and humanity make this a must-have mystery,
especially for collections owning the rest of series.”
Library Journal
Welcome to the New World (Metropolitan)
By Jake Halpern, Michael Sloan (Illustrator)
Now in a full-length book, the Pulitzer Prizewinning graphic
story of a refugee family who fled the civil war in Syria to make a
new life in America
Delivered with warmth and intimacy, Jake Halpern and Michael
Sloan's Welcome to the New World is a wholly original view of the
immigrant experience, revealing not only the trials and successes
of one family but showing the spirit of a town and a country, for
good and bad.
Seeds and Stems (Fantagraphics)
By Simon Hanselmann
In 2016, Hanselmann began producing Xeroxed zines starring the
depressive Megg (a green-skinned witch), her abusive boyfriend
Mogg (an actual cat), their submissive roommate Owl (a vaguely
humanoid owl), and the self-destructively hedonistic Werewolf
Jones (half human, half wolf) in print runs of 300 to 500 copies,
with hand-painted covers, custom stamps and hologram security
stickers. Seeds and Stems collects all of these out-of-print, self-
published stories produced by the artist between 2016-2019, along
with a generous smattering of rarities from various anthologies and
No Room at the Morgue (NYRB Classics)
By Jean-Patrick Manchette, Alyson Waters
Inspired by the works of Dashiell Hammett, No Room at the Morgue
is Jean-Patrick Manchette's unparalleled take on the private eye
novel fierce, politically inflected, and finely rendered by the
haunting, pitch-black prose for which the author is famed.
Brad says: “It simply doesn’t get much better than Manchette. Bar
none. End of story. His stories have a propulsive energy and
accomplish more in fifteen pages than I manage in fifteen months.”
Graphic Novels
Paying the Land (Metropolitan)
By Joe Sacco
In Paying the Land, Joe Sacco travels the frozen North to
reveal a people in conflict over the costs and benefits of
development. The mining boom is only the latest assault on
indigenous culture: Sacco recounts the shattering impact of a
residential school system that aimed to “remove the Indian
from the child”; the destructive process that drove the Dene
from the bush into settlements and turned them into wage
laborers; the government land claims stacked against the Dene
Nation; and their uphill efforts to revive a wounded culture.
Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder: The Complete
Graphic Noir of Manchette & Tardi Vol. 1
By Tardi, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Kim Thompson
(Translator, Jenna Allen (Translator)
In the never-before-collected Griffu, the titular character is a legal
advisor, not a private eye, but even he knows that when a sultry
blonde appears in his office after hours, he shouldn't trust her and
she doesn't disappoint. Griffu is soon ensnared in a deadly web of
sexual betrayal, real estate fraud, and murder. In West Coast Blues, a
young sales executive goes to the aid of an accident victim, and finds
himself sucked into a spiral of violence involving an exiled war
criminal and two hired assassins.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist
(Drawn & Quarterly)
By Adrian Tomine
What happens when a childhood hobby grows into a lifelong
career? The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist,
Adrian Tomine's funniest and most revealing foray into
autobiography, offers an array of unexpected answers. When
a sudden medical incident lands Tomine in the emergency
room, he begins to question if it was really all worthwhile:
despite the accolades and opportunities of a seemingly
charmed career, it's the gaffes, humiliations, slights, and
insults he's experienced (or caused) within the industry that
loom largest in his memory.
Naturalist (Island Press)
By Edward O. Wilson, Jim Ottaviani, C.M.
Butzer (Illustrator)
A vibrant graphic adaptation of the classic science memoir.
Regarded as one of the world’s preeminent biologists, Edward O.
Wilson spent his boyhood exploring the forests and swamps of
south Alabama and the Florida panhandle, collecting snakes,
butterflies, and antsthe latter to become his lifelong specialty.
His memoir Naturalist, called “one of the finest scientific memoirs
ever written” by the Los Angeles Times, is an inspiring account of
Wilson’s growth as a scientist and the evolution of the fields he
helped define. This graphic edition brings Wilson’s childhood and
celebrated career to life through dynamic full-color illustrations
and Wilson’s own lyric writing.
Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder: The
Complete Graphic Noir of Manchette & Tardi
Vol. 2
By Tardi, Jean-Patrick Manchette
The second of two volumes presenting all four hardboiled graphic
crime novels by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Tardi.
Brad says: “I love these so much I had to put BOTH of them in the