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Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J. After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love, and begins translating Ovid’s magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros. When not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings-on among her faded-glamour condo neighbors. Set against the backdrop of exquisitely beautiful flora, fauna, and seascapes, Nine Island culminates with a breathtaking gift, from one friend to another.
This second installment of The Best Small Fictions continues to celebrate the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words. Forty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Alberto Chimal, Toh EnJoe, Kathy Fish, Amelia Gray, Etgar Keret, R. O. Kwon, and Eliel Lucero—offer readers some of the brightest concise writing available today. With spotlights on Texture Press and author Megan Giddings, the acclaimed new series, with its “finger on the pulse,” succeeds in its aim to make something big from many small things.
América invertida introduces twenty-two Uruguayan poets under the age of forty to English-speaking audiences for the first time. Kercheval paired poets and translators to produce a rich volume based on a multicultural dialogue about poetry and the written word. América invertida presents Spanish poems and their English translations side by side to give readers an introduction to Uruguay’s vibrant literary scene.
The characters within these fifteen stories are staring into the abyss. While some are awaiting redemption, others are fully complicit in their own undoing. We come upon them in the mountains of West Virginia, in the backyards of rural North Carolina, and at tourist traps along Route 66, where they smolder with hidden desires and struggle to resist the temptations that plague them. A master of Appalachian dialect and colloquial speech, Monks writes prose that is dark, taut, and muscular, but also beguiling and playful.
A girl bonds with a piece of flame leftover from the inferno that consumed her brother, father, and lover. Through this relationship, the girl explores her complicated family history and her place in the world. Meanwhile, the flame discovers new fuel: human need, hot and vile. Told in a series of innovative flash vignettes, Melissa Reddish’s Girl & Flame is an inventive and thoughtful meditation on the intersection of grief, longing, and the natural world.
LaSalle’s tantalizing “fictions” are evocative of many of the great innovators of postmodern literature, from Borges to Nabokov, while charting a path entirely their own. Through all of their stylistic pyrotechnics these stories never forsake rich characterization and plotting to probe the deepest parts of the contemporary human condition, such as the nature of erotic desire, the legacy of art and artistry, the power of grief and fear, and the horror of war and violence.
Karyna McGlynn’s The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost on Her Way to the Execution sends readers into a disruptive fervor. “There is an abundance of something in me,” one poem’s narrator confesses, “if only black bile.” McGlynn tangles word and flesh to stunning effect, tucking us under velvet curtains, while the gaslights flicker.
Poetry as essay, as a way of hovering over a subject, approaching it from positions of identity (Korean, American, adoptee, mother, Catholic, Buddhist) and interest (mythology, science fiction, Borges, Sophocles)—Sun Yung Shin moves ideas around like building blocks, forming and reforming new constructions of what it means to be a guest, to be a host. How to be at home.
Flailing in jobs, failing at love, getting addicted and unaddicted to people, food, and drugs—I’ll Tell You in Person is a candid and captivating account of attempts at adulthood and all the less-than-perfect ways we get there. Caldwell has an unsparing knack for looking within and reporting back what’s really there, rather than what she’d like you to see.
When the World Breaks Open is a non-linear narrative memoir that traces Seema Reza's journey from being a suburban mom to using her own lessons to build a unique writing and art program in military hospitals. Reza exposes her triumphs and fears and regret through the dissolution of a dysfunctional marriage, and investigates her own experiences and societal attitudes towards loss, love, motherhood and community, undermining the idea that strength requires silence.
Etel Adnan’s evocative new book places night at its center to unearth memories held in the body, the spirit and the landscape. This striking new book continues Adnan’s meditative observation and inquiry into the experiences of her remarkable life.
Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology is Flint at its funniest, its weirdest, and its saddest. A collection of essays and personal narratives, the book, edited by Scott Atkinson, captures a confounding, contradictory city, proving that Flint is far more than the common narrative of an industrial town picking itself up after the big company that fed it left, or the site of a devastating public health crisis. Including work from Gordon Young, Jan Worth-Nelson, Connor Coyne, Layla Meillier, Andrew Morton, and many others.
Brad Manford, a successful attorney and loving husband and father, has a dire secret: He used to be someone else. And his memories of that former life? Gone. Replaced, inexplicably, by false recollections from a life he never lived. Who, really, is Brad Manford? And what was he doing during those forgotten years? In his debut novel, Vince Wheeler spins a story of surreal self-discovery, leading, ultimately, to an unimaginable truth.
Souvenirs and Other Stories contains six absurd and surreal stories—a father evaporates, items mysteriously appear and fill an apartment, an eye surgery causes optical hallucinations, and more. Souvenirs is a fantastic, whimsical, darkly funny collection from the author of Studies in Hybrid Morphology.