by Darren Huang

Minor Detail – Adania Shibli

MINOR DETAIL itself is an act of subversion because it represents history told on Palestinian terms, through a Palestinian voice.

Divide Me By Zero – Lara Vapnyar

Like Barthes’ Mourning Diary, Lara Vapnyar’s poignant, sensitively observed novel can be read as an act of demystification, a study of lost love.

Gingerbread – Helen Oyeyemi

In Gingerbread, Oyeyemi dismisses the idea of a single indisputable account of events.

Toddler Hunting and Other Stories – Taeko Kono

Though Kono is absorbed with domestic life, she pushes the conventional limits of realism by exposing the ways in which the rules of domesticity are artificial, provisional, or self-imposed.

On Dolls – ed. Kenneth Gross

These writers force the dolls into utterance until they become spiritual interlocutors reporting on the mysteries of the human condition.

Djinn City – Saad Z. Hossain

The novel falters on the promise of its original plotting by resorting to cursorily drawn characters, prose that is often simply convenient or overreaching for poetry, and an unjustifiably cruel world.

Inheritance from Mother – Minae Mizumura

The novel’s power, in large part due to its sequencing of events, lies in the sense that the first chapter’s point of jadedness becomes inevitable, a naturally unnatural response to a lifetime of thwarted dreams.

The Great Latin American Novel – Carlos Fuentes

What is most characteristic of this collection is this hunger for interconnectedness, a genuine belief that books are rewritings of other books, that the novel is not so novel.

A Bestiary – Lily Hoang

These linked essays most closely resemble sessions of confession painfully eked out through much self-flagellation. The series of ruminations are a geography of particular obsessions.

Good People – Robert Lopez

These circular stories are never organized into tidy sequences of events. Rather, they collect data around certain catastrophic experiences that remain nebulous and unknowable.