Book Reviews Archive

Cockfight by María Fernanda Ampuero

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Ampuero enters into critical dialogue with form and substance. Combining structures reminiscent of fairy tales and horror films, Ampuero upends these conventions by reversing tropes and decentering the male gaze.

Obit by Victoria Chang

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The emotional power of Chang’s new collection comes from the grace and honesty with which she turns this familiar form inside out to show us the private side of family, the knotting together of generations, the bewilderment of grief.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

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Zhang’s novel is a treasure-trove of questions that devastate even as they beckon readers on.

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

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Its comfort in the grotesque, the casual nature of it, is the most disturbing yet captivating aspect of the novel. Melchor’s debut drowns the reader in ominous truth, accentuating real life through fiction.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel continues her project of examining the immeasurable possibilities available in a single life.

Whiteout Conditions by Tariq Shah

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In Tariq Shah’s debut novel, the protagonists finds a sliver of life in a world of death and, with that, a tiny bit of grace.

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen

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In a world that seems increasingly chaotic and divided, Nguyen’s debut novel offers a refuge with his humble, distinct take on race relations in America, and smart analysis of the ways technology shapes our personal and public lives.

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

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Natalie Diaz’s new collection is a withering critique of conditions faced by Native peoples past and present.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

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Brandon Taylor’s new novel explores the anxiety of being alive, the exhaustion of being black in America, and the cruelty that is embedded in human interaction.

Weather by Jenny Offill

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Jenny Offill’s new novel is collection of portraits, of individual truths and national anguish, curated by a quietly unravelling woman.