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Mohsin Hamid’s The Last White Man

The Last White Man is Hamid’s fifth, and the sequence clearly reveals a tilt toward the bizarre. At the level of sentence and scene, to be sure, this author has always elbowed past the norms; working with frame stories, second person, and other trickery.

Mieko Kawakami & Meng Jin

While Meng Jin and Mieko Kawakami are very different writers, and these are two very different books, there are some shared threads, including a deep contemplation on what it means to be human, the terror of isolation and the solace of being alone, and an ongoing questioning of female identity.

Emma Donoghue’s Haven: A Novel

Emma Donoghue’s new novel explores themes of faith, obedience, isolation, and survival in a harrowing story that is ancient and alien but also holds truths for our own time.

Sloane Crosley’s Cult Classic

Sloane Crosley, author of three essay collections and one novel, The Clasp (2015), is a force to be reckoned with, especially when writing about the romantic lives of thirty-somethings in New York City.

Édouard Louis’s A Woman’s Battles and Transformations

A Woman’s Battles and Transformations, the new autobiographical novel by France's beloved writer and advocate for the working class, Édouard Louis, is a broad strokes portrait of a woman stifled by a life of domesticity and subordination to her husband and family, and her struggle to break free.

In Conversation

Simon Wickhamsmith with Tony Leuzzi

As the first book of its kind, Suncranes illuminates the perspectives of a place and its people largely unknown to English-language readers.

Diego Gerard Morrison’s Myth of Pterygium

According to the jacket blurbs, Myth of Pterygium is a novel. It isn’t.


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