Black Light

18 September 2019 | By Kimberly King Parsons | Filed in: literature.

The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush I loved every moment of this book Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties With raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire s darkest hollows those hidden places where most of us are

A Particular Kind of Black Man

18 September 2019 | By Tope Folarin | Filed in: literature.

A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life Living in small town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola s family, especially for

Ducks, Newburyport

18 September 2019 | By Lucy Ellmann | Filed in: literature.

LATTICING one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of happy couples , Weapons of Mass De

Delayed Rays of a Star

18 September 2019 | By Amanda Lee Koe | Filed in: literature.

A dazzling novel following the lives of three groundbreaking women Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl cinema legends who lit up the twentieth century At a chance encounter at a Berlin soir e in 1928, the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures three very different women togethe

The Nickel Boys

18 September 2019 | By Colson Whitehead | Filed in: literature.

Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow era Florida.As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words

Have You Seen Luis Velez?

18 September 2019 | By Catherine Ryan Hyde | Filed in: literature.

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn t belong Not with his mother s new family Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father s wife Not

The Rosie Result (Don Tillman, #3)

18 September 2019 | By Graeme Simsion | Filed in: literature.

I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they re about to face their most important project Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school his teachers say he isn t fitting in with the other kids Meanwh

The Friend

18 September 2019 | By Sigrid Nunez | Filed in: literature.

A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suff

The Last Romantics

18 September 2019 | By Tara Conklin | Filed in: literature.

The greatest works of poetry are the stories we tell about ourselves When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time It begins in a big yellow

The Reckless Oath We Made

18 September 2019 | By Bryn Greenwood | Filed in: literature.

A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and the unlikeliest of champions, from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things Zee is nobody s fairy tale princess Almost six foot, with a redhead s temper and a shattered hip,

Women Talking

18 September 2019 | By Miriam Toews | Filed in: literature.

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting For the past two years, each of these women, and than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins Now that the women have le

Sing, Unburied, Sing

18 September 2019 | By Jesmyn Ward | Filed in: literature.

Jesmyn Ward s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty first century America An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mis

Very Nice

18 September 2019 | By Marcy Dermansky | Filed in: literature.

A brilliantly funny novel of money, sex, race, and bad behavior in the post Obama era, featuring a wealthy Connecticut divorc e, her college age daughter, and the famous American novelist who is seduced by them both Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing professor, but with his long


18 September 2019 | By Angie Cruz | Filed in: literature.

Fifteen year old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes It doesn t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between t