Fiction Archive

Meaningless Craft and Crafting Meaning in Ali Smith’s Companion Piece

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Craft, in Ali Smith’s hand, is malleable. It produces meaning that is disparate from the terms and antecedents of its making.

A Layered History in DeMisty D. Bellinger’s New to Liberty

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DeMisty D. Bellinger’s new novel beautifully showcases the way history endures within us, and how while someone else’s past may influence our present moment, we still have agency.

Desire and Destruction in Kate Folk’s Out There

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Kate Folk’s narrative voice makes even the strangest, most self-destructive desires seem reasonable. Her stories exist between the strange and the familiar, and the ambivalence that characters feel about what they’re doing or what’s happening to them makes them feel all the more real.

Death Rituals and Found Families in Olivia Clare Friedman’s Here Lies

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The natural world is a member of the found family of Friedman's protagonist, and a character she gets to know over the course of the novel. As the world around her is collapsing, she is left to address what still matters.

Personal and Academic Pursuits in Elaine Hsieh Chou’s Disorientation

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Elaine Hsieh Chou’s debut is not only an outrageously enjoyable academic mystery, but also a moving portrayal of self-discovery.

Decay and Rebirth in Irene Solà’s When I Sing, Mountains Dance

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Irene Solà reveals the beauty and brutality of life in a mountain village that holds the scars of the past, but also the seeds of slow repair and renewal.

Disconnect and Dissuasion in Ella Baxter’s New Animal

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Ella Baxter’s debut novel is a raw, unflinching look at the aftermath of grief.

Unraveling Reality in Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

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Each story feels like a potential episode of Black Mirror, exploring futuristic technology and the dangerous hold it has on all of us. Fu present us with the following question: while technology has added many conveniences to our lives, should we accept it? Should we push back for the

The Forming of a Self in Claudia Durastanti’s Strangers I Know

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Claudia Durastanti’s English debut is a flame held up to the inexpressible self.

Displacements and Digressions in Saša Stanišić’s Where You Come From

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In Saša Stanišić’s impressive and touching novel, digressions are the journey, as we too move through make-your-own-adventure lives, in which where you are from, and even where you are going, are of transient import.