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What We Lose, Zinzi Clemmons’ moving debut novel about identity, adulthood and sexuality, centers around Thandi, an African American woman raised in Pennsylvania by a South African mother and an American father. Hers is a quest for belonging: she is never American enough or black enough to feel entirely at home either in the United States or with her family in South Africa. Her mother’s death while she’s in college sends Thandi and her father into a tailspin of takeout meals and depression, though they are determined to push back against grief in their own ways. Read full review


Hazel, the protagonist in Alissa Nutting’s raucous second novel, Made for Love, is like a lot women trying to escape a toxic relationship — she’s fearful, she second-guesses herself, she worries about building a new life alone.

But since she’s in an Alissa Nutting novel, and a darn good one at that, Hazel’s life is filled with absurdities, the strange, wonderful sort that would happen if George Saunders and Mary Gaitskill ever decided to collaborate: heartfelt, sexy and oddly moving. Read full review

Secrets betrayed and promises kept are on full display in Percival Everett’s 29th book, “So Much Blue.”

Painter Kevin Pace is 56 years old and working on what may be his masterpiece: a canvas 12 feet high by 21 feet 3 inches across that he will allow no one — not his wife, not his best friend, not his children — to see. While barricading his Vermont studio against prying eyes, Kevin is reminded of events that occurred in Paris 10 years ago and in San Salvador some 30 years ago — events he has never spoken of but that have influenced the course of his life in small and large ways. Read full review



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