Chinese author Mo Yans latest novel, POW!, is a fabulist and surreal tale of meat, murder, and mayhem.
There are times when reading a novel is painful. Not because the prose is lacking or the narrative lags, but because the subject matter verges on the unbearable. Roxane Gays debut novel, An Untamed State, falls under this last category.
Snow in May, Kseniya Melniks debut short fiction collection, is an impressive feat. Written in masterful prose, the nine stories span 50 years with protagonists both male and female, young and old. And although they are stand-alone pieces, some characters make multiple appearances, threading their way though the tales, rendering the book somewhere in between a story collection and a novel.