by Lauren Friedlander

The Governesses – Anne Serre

If a governess frolics and there is no elderly gentleman to witness it . . . ?

A Good Day for Seppuku – Kate Braverman

Experimental boomer fiction that may not have lost its bile, but has lost its bite.

Incest – Christine Angot

Performative writing promises no buttoned-up endings, no achievement of perfection. It refutes the notion of a progression, of a moving forward, the reaching of a completed end-point.

Medea – Catherine Theis

Theis lives in the stage directions, in the unspoken.

Beyond the Blurb – Daniel Green

The divide between the top capos of Big 5 publishing and the assistants that execute their bidding is more vast and unscalable than ever before.

David, What Shall I Do?

Amid Midwestern megachurches and half-built subdivisions, my obsession with Bowie was gritted into a secret pearl.

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail – Kelly Luce

I would happily suggest that Luce contributes as much to the contemporary renaissance of the short story in her first work as Russell, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders have with their recent masterpieces.

Mira Corpora – Jeff Jackson

I’d characterize Mira Corpora as a seduction. It heightens the pulse and warps the mind with the allure and cliffhangers of a sexy action flick.

Linda Perdido – Mac Wellman

Linda Perdido is a story about wanderers. Not wanderlusts, and certainly not “lost,” but those who wander for the sake of it.

Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos

Like its pintsize narrator, this novel divulges an unnerving inner darkness beyond its dainty exterior.