What kinds of hunger are acceptable? In what ways are domesticity, motherhood, or even femininity itself damning? Also, wouldn’t it be cool to transform into a deer? These short stories are AMAZING.
A sublime, sweeping, cross-country (and bi-coastal) American epic about two sisters and their stitched together family. Alternating immense and intimate and ultimutley unforgettable. Easily one of the best books of 2020, which sure needed it.
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize
"Achieves a form of literary alchemy that mesmerizes."--The New York Times
Fiction. ON HELL transcribes a body broken by American empire, that of ex-con Rafael Luis Estrada Requena, hacking itself away from contemporary society. Johanna Hedva, author of Sick Woman Theory, takes the ferocious compulsion to escape (from capitalism, from the limits of the body-machine, from Earth) and channels it into an evisceration of oppression and authority.
A young woman crosses over from one world to another in search of her brother. Poetic and sparse and unforgettable. Makins is a protagonist you will take with you wherever you go. Like, say, the underworld.
Nash writes with psychological precision, capturing Lilith's volatile shifts between directionless frustration, self-destructiveness, ambivalence, and vulnerable need. A complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire. -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Writing about music is always so deeply personal but Abdurraqib makes us all feel like we’re right there with him, piling into some junker to drive 6 hours and see the hometown band that somehow made it big. Essays as insightful as they are full of heart.
A genre-expanding collection of stories that Publishers Weekly calls perplexingly captivating and astonishing.
Barnabus, part mouse-part elephant, knows he isn’t perfect. What he longs for isn’t perfection… it’s freedom. Our friend fearlessly escapes with the help of other “failed projects”, each wonderously conceived and drawn.
A rumination on the color blue that is at once way, way more than that… and exactly that. Scraps of philosophy, literary criticism, anecdotes, confessions and sex. All woven together into something like a narrative. Visceral and profound.
You can find Lispector’s larger than life persona in even her humblest protagonists. Brazil’s “rockstar” author’s stories range from teen infatuation to ‘what has become of me?’ end of life reflection. There’s nothing else out there like Lispector.
A supremely funny, dark, dreadful, deeply Irish novel unlike anything you’ve ever read. There are spoilers in the introduction, fair warning. As good as Beckett or Joyce if not better, this is my favorite novel of all-time. Go on and properly disarrange your senses.
Pitch black socio-philosophical fable that is at times hilarious and disturbing with more heft than any 100 page novella has any right to possess.
Gorgeous cover, too, right?
Guy is silenced (and coerced) by a political apparatus that will do anything to enforce its beliefs. First written in 1940 and not at all applicable to this day and age (all sarcasm).
A great, thrilling read.
Q: Do you know if this is a nice bear?
A: The nicest bear you will ever meet.