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STACKSFiction EditionFall / Winter 2020Use the arrows on either side of the page to flip through the magazine.The book covers are clickable, and will take you to the book on our website: ebbooksellers.comFeel free to download & share the magazine!•••2From 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 help! We published a Fiction catalog a few months ago, but decided we wanted a beefier version. We hop you enjoy.-- Brad
3Silence Is My Mother Tongue (Graywolf)By Sulaiman AddoniaA 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 AkhtarPam 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 AlamA 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 reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.The Trojan War Museum (W. W. Norton & Co.)By Ayse Papatya BucakIn 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-ḤarīrīImpostures 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 BennettFrom 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.
4Slum Virgin (Charco Press)By Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Frances Riddle (Translator)"Queer writing at its most exhilarating." -- Times Literary SupplementThe 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 ButlerThe "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 editionBrutally 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 ChangThree 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 Kingston. 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 book—and 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 CookMargaret 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 DeLilloFrom 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.
5Grabeland (Nightboat Books)By EteamGrabeland 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 FerranteNamed 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 EmeziOne 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 understand. Natural History (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)By Carlos FonsecaA 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 EvansThu 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 FolarinAn “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).
6Crooked Hallelujah (Grove Press)By Kelli Jo FordCrooked 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 GaddisBrad 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 GaddisBrad 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 transitions.”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 GoodmanAlma 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 (TranslatorOver 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.
7Transcendent 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 GuilloryIn 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 us!When you order, just let us know if you'd like it personalized.A World Between (Feminist Press)By Emily HashimotoA college fling between two women turns into a lifelong connection--and spells out a new kind of love story for a millennial, immigrant America.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 HoffmanIn 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 Magicand The Rules of Magic.Difficult Light (Verso)By Jenny HvalA 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.
8Stillicide (Catapult)By Cynan JonesBrad 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 HofmannSelected 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 Odysseus.”Counternarratives (New Directions)By John KeaneBrad 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 classic.”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 everybody!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 KaufmanWhen 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.
9Shelter in Place (Bloomsbury)By David LeavittShelter 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 KunzruAn intense “into the rabbit’s hole” adventure into the paranoia, cynicism and violence of an alt-right mentality that is frighteninga 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 KingsnorthSet 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 man—and 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 history.To Be a Man (Harper)By Nicole KraussIn 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 KinskyBrad 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 LaceyLeigh 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.”
10The Arrest (Ecco)By Jonathan LethemFrom 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 granted—cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters—quits working. . . . Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)By Raven LeilaniIrresistibly 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 life—her hunger, her anger—in 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 MajumdarFor 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 Léger 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,
11The Bright Side Sanctuary For Animals(Simon & Schuster)By Becky MandelbaumFrom 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 MarcomThe 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-JonesThe 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 self—on 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 McConaghyEpic 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 odds.The Seventh Mansion (FSG Originals)By Maryse MeijerFrom the author of the story collections Heartbreaker and Ragcomes 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.
12Children’s Bible (W. W. Norton))By Lydia MilletLeigh 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 Inkis 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 MosleyBestselling 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 LiteratureBrad 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 surface.Hurricane Season (New Directions)By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translator)Four By Four (Open Letter)By Sara Mesa, Katie Whittemore (Translator)
13Igifu (Archipelago)By Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump (Translator)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 down.”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 NunezIn 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 now.Harmada (Two Lines)By João Gilberto Noll, Edgar Garbelotto (Translator)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 MakumbiInternational-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, and—most importantly—how 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.
14Memory 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 hole—a 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 Harpoon.”Stories for the Years (Yale Univ. Press)By Luigi Pirandello, Virginia Jewiss (TranslatorRegarded 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 PhilyawThis 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’FarrellA 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.
15The 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 storms―both meteorological and emotional―lurking 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(Translator)WINNER OF THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZEA 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 RobinsonMarilynne Robinson’s mythical world of Gilead, Iowa—the setting of her novels Gilead, Home, and Lila, and now Jack—and 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 (McSweeney’s)By Legna Rodriguez Iglesias, Megan McDowell (Translator)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 voice.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 RussellFor 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.
16Ramifications (Coffee House Press)By Daniel Saldaña Paris, Christina Macsweeney (Translator)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 ScottEstablished 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 generations—like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet death.The Revisioners (Counterpoint)By Margaret Wilkerson SextonWritten 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 SmithThe 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?Summer.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 book—a Caspar David Friedrich painting, a species of tiger, a villa in Rome, a Greek love poem, an island in the Pacific—shares 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.”
17Your House Will Pay (Ecco) By Steph ChaWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE“[A] suspense-filled page-turner.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The SympathizerA powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in Los Angeles, following two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crimeA House Is a Body (Algonquin)By Shruti SwamyDreams 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 BergI 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 VariousA 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 WashingtonThu 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 WalterAn 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 dreams.
18Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction(Arsenal Pulp)Edited by Joshua WhiteheadThis 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 WyldThe 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 ClarkeFrom 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 house—a 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 known.Drifts (Riverhead)By DriftsDrifts 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 disturbances—the appearances and disappearances of enigmatic figures, the burglary of her apartment—leaves her distracted and uncertain . . . until an intense and tender disruption changes everything.Fantasy / Sci-Fi
19Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 (Handheld Classics)Edited by Melissa EdmundsonFor 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 EdmundsonEdited 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 moreHarrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) (Tordotcom)By Tamsyn MuirThe City We Became (Orbit)By N. K. JemisinAdelaide 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 shoulders.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?
20The Future of Another Timeline (Tor)By Annalee Newitz“A revolution is happening in speculative fiction, and Annalee Newitz is leading the vanguard."--Wil WheatonFrom 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 NovikFrom 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 TrilogyThe Mermaid, the Witch, & the Sea (Candlewick)By Maggie Tokuda-HallIn 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 Dostoyevsky.The Ministry of the Future (Orbit)By Kim Stanley RobinsonFrom legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson comes a remarkable vision of climate change over the coming decades.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 face.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.
21Mystery / ThrillerAmbergris (MCD)By Jeff VanderMeerFrom 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 Finch.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 DowningA 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 FrenchLiz 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 WarnerThe 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 ReviewThe 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.
22Moonflower Murders (Harper)By Anthony HorowitzFeaturing 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 mastermindsDykes To Watch Out For (Mariner Books)By Alison BechdelBechdel’s brilliantly imagined countercultural band of friends—academics, social workers, bookstore clerks—fall 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 PennyThe 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 JournalWelcome to the New World (Metropolitan)By Jake Halpern, Michael Sloan (Illustrator)Now in a full-length book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic story of a refugee family who fled the civil war in Syria to make a new life in AmericaDelivered 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 HanselmannIn 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 magazines.No Room at the Morgue (NYRB Classics)By Jean-Patrick Manchette, Alyson Waters (Translator)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
23Paying the Land (Metropolitan)By Joe SaccoIn 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. 1By 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 TomineWhat 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 ants—the 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. 2By Tardi, Jean-Patrick ManchetteThe 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 catalog!”