Fiction Archive

Bad People and Bad Dreams in A Door Behind a Door

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Yelena Moskovich’s novel is loose, dreamy, and symbol-packed. Characters morph and become nightmarish versions of themselves, and it is unclear if the transformation is real or only a bad dream.

The Purpose of Art in Rachel Cusk’s Second Place

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Cusk's new novel is worth reading for its sharp descriptions and powerful story alone, but it’s the in-depth exploration of the purpose of art that makes the story meaningful.

Crossing Boundaries in Whereabouts

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel beautifully showcases the way we experience life: the moments that are most important—the turning points—are often only realized in retrospect.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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Caleb Azumah Nelson’s highly anticipated debut celebrates Black art and explores generational trauma.

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You by Carribean Fragoza

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In her debut collection, Fragoza imagines a world where patriarchy can be eradicated and finds beauty in how Chicanx women come together.

The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernandez

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In her new novel, Nona Fernandez delves into the fluctuations of memory, highlighting the media and society’s role in what we remember.

Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone

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Emma Duffy-Comparone’s debut refuses to shield the reader from unsavory elements of a story.

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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In his new novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen does not allow the reader to forget that fiction traffics in truth.

Tomorrow They Won’t Dare to Murder Us by Joseph Andras

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Complicating conventional Western perceptions of terrorism, Joseph Andras’s debut novel subverts colonial morality and interrogates a philosophical dilemma that is still very much alive in our contemporary consciousness.

We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman

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Silverman’s debut novel is not only a story about how all-consuming artistic ambition can be, but also a poignant portrait of how much an artist can learn to love her work.