Book Reviews Archive

Let Me Out Here by Emily W. Pease

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The South, to Emily Pease, is “beautiful and memory-rich, with a layer of dark.” The same could be said about her stories, though the layer of dark within is thick and permeates the whole—like the heat on an August day in the South, nothing is left untouched by it.

Article 353 by Tanguy Viel

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Tanguy Viel’s new novel is not about poetic justice, but artifice.

Mother Country by Irina Reyn

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Irina Reyn’s new novel begins in the middle of a complex history: Nadia Borodinskaya, a single mother, has been working tirelessly in the United States for the last seven years to bring her adult-aged daughter, Larisska, from war-torn Ukraine.

Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten

Mark Doten’s novel opens with the fictional Trump making a bad decision. All over the world, the internet has gone down. When it comes back up, for reasons no one quite understands, he uses the nuclear codes.

The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay

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Ross Gay’s new essay collection restores pleasure as a site of serious thought and, even more, as a mode in inquiry in itself, while his wholesome (but never saccharine) voice convinces us that a mode of inquiry, a way of thinking, too, can be pleasure itself.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

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From a city ensconced in massive treetops where no children are ever born, to a black market for human remains literally underground, Marlon James leads readers on a journey through an Africa western fantasy has long ignored.

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, And Mine by Emily Bernard

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Emily Bernard writes she is "most interested in blackness at its borders, where it meets whiteness, in fear and hope, in anguish and love." She examines this intersection closely, with her own life as a case study, to see where the pieces fit together neatly, and where their edges

Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen

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Niviaq Korneliussen’s novel is short, only around two hundred pages, but it moves like a bullet: powerful, emotionally dense, and over much more quickly than I wanted it to be.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Mackintosh’s characters offer a representation of how young women deal with grief once a familial structure is undone, in the way of filling empty spaces that begin to present themselves.

The Day the Sun Died by Yan Lianke

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Yan Lianke’s new novel asks: Are we dreamwalking through our entire lives?