Rachel Cline’s The Question Authority

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What makes this book readable, despite the weight of the questions it raises, is Nora’s voice—the consistency of her humor, cleverness, and charm. Though including the perpetrator’s point of view feels at first Lolita-esque, the novel’s overall perspective stays satisfyingly decentralized from his disturbing, first person account.

TALK TALK

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William Gaddis was one of the 20th century’s most acerbic writers of dialogue, a novelist who, from simple words and serpentine sentences, evinced the mendacity of the current zeitgeist in four different decades.

The William H. Gass Reader

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Gass toiled over diction, cadence of free modification, and the emergent properties of prose style. The William H. Gass Reader is a collection of crumbs that will draw you into a labyrinth of letters that will transform your understanding of language

Amanda Goldblatt’ Hard Mouth

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Amanda Goldblatt’s forthcoming debut novel, Hard Mouth, follows Denny, short for Denise, a twenty-something woman and only child who has been watching her father battle cancer for ten years.

Caroline Hagood’s Personal as the Poetic Politic

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Giving readers a montage of her “experience of womanhood, writerhood, [and] motherhood,” Hagood explains how looking at a woman is indeed worthy of a revolution in 2019.

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Exiles of Eden

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Osman’s new book is about Adam and Eve and the idea of exile as something embedded within all people, refugees and the destruction of landscape.

Joe Pan’s Operating Systems

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It’s quite rare, these days, for a poem to become front page news in the New York Times.

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THOM SATTERLEE with Tony Leuzzi

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The following discussion reveals that Satterlee’s venture into translation was shaped not by some lofty, lifelong ambition but circumstance and opportunity.

Elvia Wilk’s Oval

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Elvia Wilk’s debut novel Oval is a speculative meditation on the evil humans do—to the planet and to each other. It’s also a distinctly millennial love story and a sometimes sharp and sometimes meandering critique of modern society.

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