I wish I’d had Holly Black and A.G. (Angela) Slatter’s books to read when I was growing up. As it is, I’ve recently devoured nearly everything they’ve written.
Steve Yarbrough&rsquop;s eighth novel, Stay Gone Days, follows the lives of two girls, the Cole sisters, Ella and Caroline, who grow up in Loring, Mississippi. After high school, they go their separate ways, and, for the most part, stay gone.
This World Is Not Your Home ultimately coheres as a collection committed above all to exploring the ramifications of emotional candor, a task it approaches in subtle ways that can alternately charm, haunt, and leave one wanting.
Eric and Terri immersed themselves in a project to document the “walls of Santiago”turning their expertise as interdisciplinary scholars of culture, politics, gender, literature, and history onto a political revolution playing out before them on the streets and walls of the city they were making home.
At a cultural moment when the tides thunder that white men shouldn’t dance, Jerry Stahl takes a brave two-step into the belly of the beastthe Holocaust. Nein, Nein, Nein!: One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust finds Stahl confronting his personal demons from inside the disturbing frame of Holocaust tourism.
For any computer user the opening sentence in Jordan Castros compact, brilliant, and very funny debut novel The Novelist is determinedly accurate and not a little uncanny: I opened my laptop, still waiting for my morning tea to steep, and tried to type my password three times rapidly before getting it right, my waking fingers clicking with the determination of a machine. It is those clicking fingers and that particular machine I find slightly unsettling, a quiet but bracing nudge that a user might be as machine as its computer.
I read your new book, Another Love Discourse, in a state of high emotional alert, and when I finished, I went back to the beginning and started again. Its a rare luxury to read a book twice, but I felt I needed to revisit the narrators self-scrutinies, the overall process of transformation she undergoes throughout the telling, because I was so mesmerized by the form the first time around that I was afraid Id missed something along the way.