Review: Baho! by Roland Rugero

More of a fable than a traditional novel, “Baho!” is a cautionary tale perfect for these divisive, politically fraught times, challenging us to take a step back from the mob and consider both how did we get here, and how can we stop? Read full review

Review: Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett is a Kafka-esk tale from one of Nigeria’s great young writers. It’s a brilliant, poignant satire exploring how the world changes for Furo in both expected – and unexpected – ways thanks to his new skin. Read full review

 


Review: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Beautifully written by an incredible writer, The Turner House is as moving, funny, and unpredictable as a house party for 13 siblings and their families. You’ll wish you could stay all night. More


Review: Nine Rabbits by Virginia Zaharieva

Already a best-seller in Europe, Nine Rabbits, the latest from Bulgarian author Virginia Zaharieva, is a remarkable, untraditional novel about a universal story: one woman’s quest to create – and maintain – her own identity. Read full review


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Review: Our Man in Iraq by Robert Perisic

Extraordinary novels do more than tell a good story; they cross multiple orbits, discussing family, love, politics, money and art. What’s amazing about Robert Perisic’s “Our Man in Iraq” is that it does all of the above — while also being wickedly funny. More


Review: I Am China by Xiaolu Guo

How exciting can a book on translating be? Only one character – the translator – even exists in present time. But Guo is a modern master, proving that the best way to tell the story of a country, a people, and a revolution is through the hearts and voices of two people in love. More

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Review: And Every Day Was Overcast by Paul Kwiatkowski

A work of fiction that just happens to challenge the relationship we have to text, images, and the truth. Seeing the photos juxtaposed with text places readers so completely in the mindset of a high schooler it’s jarring: the loneliness, fear and anxiety that comes with a day-to-day mindset, but also More 

Review: The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo

Here’s a warning: There are plenty of vertigo-inducing moments in Han Yujoo’s debut novel “The Impossible Fairy Tale.” The strange but straightforward plot from the first half turns in and back on itself in the second half like a Christopher Nolan film, to dizzying effect. As the narrator states: “even as you’re being deceived, you’re not deceived, and even as you’re not being deceived, you’re deceived still. In this way, the sole objective of the stories I want to tell is to throw you into an unclear state, to make you believe while you’re not able to believe.” Read full review

Review: The Curious Case of Dassoukine's Trousers by Fouad Laroui

Renowned authors like Mark Twain and George Saunders have long known the secret to making an audience care about political and social issues: humor. In “The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers,” Moroccan author Fouad Laroui follows suit, taking on some of our finest modern examples of absurdity in a style all his own, resulting in collection that is as funny as it is poignant and memorable. Read full review


Review: Moonstone by Sjón

A powerful, slim work detailing one boy’s hurtling journey towards worldliness and independence, set against the backdrop of a nation set on the same staggering course. Read full review



Review: Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith

We all need heroes who are truth-tellers: those bold and brave enough to make us face reality. In his debut non-fiction work, Smith examines his personal heroes by blending their stories with his own of growing up young, gifted and black in a post-Katrina, post-9/11 society. The result is an ambitious, important work that couldn’t have come along at a better time. Read full review.

Review: Life, Only Better by Anna Gavalda

To be in your mid-twenties today often means being at a crossroads: the time between adventure and adulthood, between carelessness and commitment. In French author Anna Gavalda’s new work, “Life, Only Better,” (Europa, $17.00) this tumultuous time is on full display in two novellas, both of which explore a turning point in the life of two twenty-something Parisian residents: Mathilde and Yann. Read full review


Review: The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin

Jean-Christophe Rufin’s masterpiece is about more than an animal’s devotion. It’s a clean, heartbreaking examination of the utter complications of loyalty, particularly in times of war: how being loyal can turn a soldier both into a man and an animal. 

Review: Rituals of Restlessness by Yaghoub Yadali

Routine brings stability, but it can also bring restlessness, as is the case for Kamarn Khosravi in Iranian author Yaghoub Yadali’s book Rituals of Restlessness, an allegory both about life in Iran and the drudgery of middle age. Read full review


Review: Before by Carmen Boullosa

As beautiful and personal as a dream, Before is a courageous testament to honoring the person you were before, and coming to terms with who you became after. Read full review


Review: Seeing Red by Lina Meruane

A startling, honest portrayal of one woman’s descent into blindness and depression, and the lines of love that float out toward her, “spiraling and elastic,” that she pushes away, and slowly learns to reach toward. Read full review

Review: Manifestations Wolverine by Ray Young Bear

With his careful attention to detail and heartbreaking turns of phrases, Young Bear explores delicate matters of identity, spirituality and family with wit, grace and power. Read full review

Review: Vano and Niko by Erlom Akhvlediani

Instead of constructing his very short stories in a convergent linear fashion, Akhvlediani approaches the narrative from above, below, inside and upside down. The result is a collection of wonderful imaginings that aches to be read aloud and shared. Read full review


Review: Talking to Ourselves by Andrés Neuman

“Discover” is a funny word. When we use it, we don’t often mean that we are the first to do something, but that we are just now becoming aware of something that has long since existed.

This is the feeling that comes when reading Andrés Neuman’s beautiful new novel, Talking to OurselvesRead full review


Review: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but that rule should be laid aside for James Hannaham’s second novel, Delicious Foods. The cover is illustrated by none other than Kara Walker, one of the greatest American artists working today, and her images perfectly capture the essence of Hannaham’s novel: it is a tale both hopeful and tragic, of the triumph of the human spirit, and the cruelties of man and nature. Feel free to judge Delicious Foods by it's beautiful cover, because you'll be right. Read full review


Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s powerful, heartbreaking debut novel, “An Untamed State,” (Grove Press, 368 pages, $16) takes you square by the shoulder from the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the final chapter. Read full review