SUSAN BUTTENWIESER’s writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in the Atticus Review, Teachers & Writers Magazine, Bound Off, and other publications. She teaches creative writing in New York City public schools, and for organizations helping underserved populations, including incarcerated women.
Chinese author Mo Yans latest novel, POW!, is a fabulist and surreal tale of meat, murder, and mayhem.
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.
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.