Shane was used to people asking if he was a boy or a girl. He was used to people sometimes assuming he was a girl because of his slender body and long blond hair.
“An exploration of both memory and what might have been, that at times can be quite terrifying.
It took Li Er 10 years to write this book and it shows. The story meanders along, and every time you pick up the book to read some more you have to think where you were.
“The Orphan of the Salt Winds is a gothic novel both because of its sinister setting—an old, remote house filled with secrets and surrounded by danger—and a heavy
“Days by Moonlight is a trip down the rabbit hole to a Wonderland for adults, where the real and the unreal walk hand in hand, and it’s difficult to separate the two.”
“more than just a police procedural set in the Southwest, it’s a reading experience not to be missed. Anne Hillerman has reached a new level of storytelling . .
“Not only did this novel . . .
“This debut novel is nothing short of compelling . . . a captivating and haunting tale.”
“I have always preferred to disguise my feelings from others.”—almost every character in almost every short story by Gerald Murnane.
“The Affairs of the Falcóns, though marred by repetition, is a deep dive into the impossible world of the undocumented in today’s society.”
A parent's worst nightmare is to have a child kidnapped. This is what happens to Claire Rawlings—times two.
“Hold Fast Your Crown thrives on Haenel’s buoyant prose, which remains unabashedly overstuffed and declamatory, pell-mell and poetic, throughout a weird and winding tale.”
Renee Gladman’s Morelia is a novella about the sentence. Well, no. Not really.
Nell Freudenberger opens Lost and Wanted with wicked good literary instinct: “In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently.
“Readers can get really caught up in S. H.’s discovery of her young self.
“Matt's eyes were on me, but he was still looking right through me. ‘I think she's dead.’”
The first page of When All Is Said is an advertisement from a Thomas Dollard for an “Edward VIII Gold Sovereign Coin, 1936. Willing to pay top price.”
“Englander finds fascinating ways to explore another of his great recurring themes: the points at which modernity and tradition may fruitfully, if uncomfortably—and always
“A timely, and more importantly, a vivid, often searing examination of the lives, attitudes, and emotional baggage of immigrants and Americans in a small California town.”
“Hempel’s stripped-down prose carries enormous emotional weight. Her writing is devoid of all clichés.
“Gingerbread is a phenomenal book, haunting and dark and ravenous.”
Ilya Kaminsky’s second book of poetry, Deaf Republic, contains some of the most exquisite lines you’ll find in contemporary poetry, lines that vibrate with soft-spoken yet urgent, ethical
When 15-year-old Jackie Stone’s father is diagnosed with a brain tumor, it sends her into a tailspin. Her father is her world.
“The Parade is a deeply felt book that defies easy labels.”
“Little Boy will delight you again and again. It is rich and playful poetry disguised as a novel, and it is pure Ferlinghetti.”