by Lacey N. Dunham

Paper Lantern & Ecstatic Cahoots – Stuart Dybek

For all the stories about love and broken hearts that exist, Dybek does more than add his Chicagoan twist.

Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan

Operation Sweet Tooth is about the creation of art, in particular fiction.

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures – Emma Straub

It all happens like a Disneyland ride, one where the reader is buckled into a narrow cart and pushed along on a track past miniature scenes backed by relentlessly tinkling music.

The Land of Decoration – Grace McCleen

Judith’s preoccupations with death are more about her longing for a perfect world, one that she creates in miniature on the floor of her bedroom and calls “the Land of Decoration.”