by Gavin Tomson

Into the Valley – Ruth Galm

B., like many other white members of her zeitgeist, cannot embrace her cultural present, so she tries to pilgrimage back in time.

The Weather Changed, Summer Came and So On – Pedro Carmona-Alvarez

The prose style is what a Scandinavian writer might assume an American reader considers quintessentially Scandinavian: clean, simple, efficient, sort of minimalist, like something from Ikea.

The Wallcreeper – Nell Zink

David Sedaris once quipped that speaking German is like speaking English but sideways. Reading The Wallcreeper — which happens, incidentally, to be set in mostly German-speaking places — feels like reading but sideways.