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In Conversation

ELISSA SCHAPPELL with Jenine Holmes

Sigmund Freud famously asked, “What does a woman want?” Elissa Schappell seeks the answers with her second fiction collection, Blueprints for Building Better Girls.

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JUSTIN TORRES with Jenine Holmes

We the Animals is well-crafted like a great martini, coming in smooth with a potent punch. The semi-autobiographical portrait of three young brothers, raised by tragically young parents in an upstate blue-collar town, emerges in a compact 128 pages.

Extravagant Blooms

Unlike most memoirs, Binyavanga Wainaina’s One Day I Will Write About This Place reads like a poignant fable. Wainaina deeply cares about his odyssey, the journey of a Kenyan boy who, ultimately, becomes an internationally lauded writer. He also wants readers to care about a region of the world most Westerners believe they are familiar with but, sadly, are not.

Double Jackpot

Baby Geisha, Trinie Dalton’s latest work of fiction, is closer to a cool bar with well-traveled, wacky patrons you’d want to eavesdrop on or chat up over cocktails.

Status of Limitations

In 420 Characters, Beach has crafted a serious work of fiction, leaving plenty to discuss. Beach—a prolific artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, and Time—understands the power of compact storytelling.

JENINE HOLMES with Rebecca Walker

More than eight decades ago, Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance writer, served as an anthropological Matthew Henson, in search of new territories of discovery for authentic African-American stories.

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AYANA MATHIS with Jenine Holmes

Ayana Mathis’s debut novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie has received a lot of warm and well-deserved attention since its release in the winter of 2012.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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