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Fiction Archive

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Coates’ debut novel builds stories within stories, revisiting pre-Civil War America through the eyes of a survivor of the slave trade.

Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

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Danticat doles out prickly investigations of transnational identity that are thickened by circumstance and mucked up by globalization.

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

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Ogawa could have written a political thriller but opts instead for a closer look at communities under siege by the very political forces that should be protecting them.

History. A Mess. by Sigrún Pálsdóttir

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Sigrún Pálsdóttir’s new novel is an enlightening critique of the constraints and pressures of modern scholarship. The book makes no claim to providing any answers but instead settles comfortably in the personal. In other words, it’s a diagnosis, not a treatment.

Costalegre by Courtney Maum

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Maum’s coming-of-age novel probes the hypocrisy of the art world, the challenges of being a child of artists, and the dangers of not being loved. 

The Wind that Lays Waste by Selva Almada

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There is a bit of incompleteness in every human soul, Almada seems to suggest.

Maggie Brown & Others: Stories by Peter Orner

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In his latest collection of short stories, Peter Orner stays true to his talent: elucidating life through character, one snippet at a time.

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz

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Chanelle Benz’s haunting debut novel interrogates memory, race, and the way that stories define our lives.

Bunny by Mona Awad

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Awad’s leap into the unreal summons new life to the familiar woes of academia and art making.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

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In Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, the dead resemble the living, and the living seem to be on the brink of death.