Contemporary

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We’re far enough into the limbo stage of the Covid-19 pandemic (it’s over, it’s not over, it’s over, it’s not over) to have started welcoming the first wave of pandemic-inspired literature, such as

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Holding Her Breath is a generational story written in descriptive language with steady pacing. . . .

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“In The Town of Babylon, Alejandro Varela, whose educational background is in public health, combines a social scientist’s powers of observation and analysis with a master writer’s

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"I saw the two of them leave the party. I could think of no appropriate reason for them to sneak off together, but I told myself it was none of my business."

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“soars on the strength of language and passion for the ideas [the author] works hard to depict here, so that if you loved The Sympathizer, and you don’t mind the insistent history

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“Be prepared to be welcomed by the loving, lively, and amusing Hurlihy family in Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough, as with previous novels in

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“a kind of master class in voice . . . the world of literature is much richer now that Longing and Other Stories is available for English readers.”

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“The nuances of human behavior are on display, and we can all see something of ourselves and our own mistakes.”

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Gary Shteyngart’s latest novel, Our Country Friends, is billed as “The Big Chill meets Chekhov.” Whether this potential mash-up intrigues you depends on your love of ’80s movies a

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In the follow-up to their 2019 book I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal bring us two teenage best friends, both on the competitive cheer squad.

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It is interesting to note how many works of generic gay fiction (mysteries, romance), which one would think would be a male province, are written by women under male pen names (eg.

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“Murphy’s warm and funny Cindy would make Cinderella proud.”

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“There’s no magical realism in this debut novel set in multicultural London, but nevertheless a kind of magic propels this love letter to books and libraries.”

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Helen Oyeyemi’s craft improves with each successive novel.

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Cowboy Graves lacks the wild ambition and gravity of Bolaño’s best work, but it’s still a tasty summation of his talents.”

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What would you do if feeling unwell your doctor reported, "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Jennifer, but you have a primary glioblastoma in your brain."? 

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“a landmark in South African crime fiction.”

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Life is stagnant for 44-year-old Alice Holtzman.

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“What a pleasure it is! Page after page features passages that beg to be read again, with wonderfully inventive visuals along the way. . . .

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“Readers eagerly await more from a writer whose finger is on the pulse of the 21st century.

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“Dalton has created a page-turning thriller with undertones of contemporaneous, serious, societal, and academic issues.” 

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recommended for readers who prize beautiful prose and story moments that linger.”

In this latest novel by Chang-rae Lee, author of the riveting and sublime A Native Speaker and A Gesture Life, we see Tiller, a slacker-millennial, a college student who has moved

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Following her 2011 debut collection, This Is Not Your City, and her 2019 novel, The Vexations, Caitlin Horrocks returns with a stellar second story collection, Life Among the

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Peter Ibbetz is an old man with old memories, and they haunt his dreams with increasing clarity and repetition.

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