by Darren Huang

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.

Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t – Nadja Spiegel

There is always the sense that Spiegel’s narrators are learning and relearning the rules of propriety; that they are struggling to negotiate public expectations.

Another Man’s City – Ch’oe In-ho

In-ho’s great challenge is to dream up the sinless man.