by Kevin Pickard

Tacky Goblin – T. Sean Steele

Steele said in an interview that he was interested in the blog as a “vehicle to tell jokes,” which partially gets at what the entries feel like.

Bride & Groom – Alisa Ganieva

Rather than crafting a character study or a love-at-first-sight romance (though the novel includes elements of both), Ganieva attempts to encapsulate Dagestan’s complexities, interrogating its customs, politics, and religion.