“Holding Her Breath is a generational story written in descriptive language with steady pacing. . . .
“First published in Sweden in 2020, the novel is eerily prescient in its depiction of Russian duplicity and ruthlessness. It even has a nasty thing or two to say about Vladimir Putin . .
A multilayered story with a narrative driven by fate and a passionate search for identity and survival in the face of meaningless trauma, Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang i
“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
Calla Henkel’s debut novel has a lot to please readers who want a heavy party scene, a frothy narrative that pulses with a heavy metal beat.
“. . . a keeper that could easily end up in someone's private special collection.”
“succeeds, thanks to Seckin’s unrelentingly honest excavations and sharply beautiful language.”
The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon is a coming of age, character-based novel that follows Esi’s first-person recounting of her girlhood in newly independent Ghana in the 1960s.
“The nuances of human behavior are on display, and we can all see something of ourselves and our own mistakes.”
Klara Hveberg has written a stunning debut novel about unrequited love, longing, obsession, betrayal, and more.
“From the first page, As the Wicked Watch, told in first person through the eyes of Jordan Manning, straps readers in and takes them on a breathless and bumpy ‘whodunit’ ride that
“Jo Hamya’s highly impressive, smart, and sophisticated debut novel Three Rooms is a contemporary response to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.”
“Filled with characters of questionable morality and multiple timelines, Dark Things I Adore makes for a thrilling read.”
“The time of someone’s death doesn’t exist until Sapere Aude calculates it, forcing the waveform to collapse. ‘You do the math, and it makes the math come true.’”
“fun, entertaining, and hard to put down, a twisty whodunit with a satisfying conclusion.”
Chloe Sevre is a psychopath.
“The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois is a serious novel, a terrible but ultimately uplifting saga . . .”
“a work of singular creativity.”
“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.”
“All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running is a worthy addition to the group of fine recent novels about gay men of color looking for their own sense of racial and ethnic identity as well
“This fresh comic thriller is entertaining from start to finish. Raina’s bright voice shines through thanks to his narrator’s unique viewpoint and perceptive observations.”
“The Ocean in Winter is a compelling, well-written debut . . .”
“Matthew Clark Davison’s Doubting Thomas is an absorbing story of a gay man who finally learns to love.”
“The Chosen and the Beautiful offers up a lush glimpse of decadence and corruption, interrogating America’s dark history through the eyes of a narrator it is impossible to forget.”
“In a tumultuous time of instability and uncertainty, Nathan Harris brings to the foreground humanity’s aptitude for survival, compassion, and goodwill even in their darkest hour.”
“For the reader who expects an exciting spy thriller, this book does not deliver. The plot is less exciting, but Starford’s premise holds water.”