Debut Books

Ultra-Cabin – Kimberly Lambright

We might read holding the world in the back of our minds as a way of negotiating between what is promising and what can hurt us.

Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton – Ben Gwin

As the endless 24-hour news cycle increasingly feels like performance for profit rather than reporting, CLEAN TIME: THE TRUE STORY OF RONALD REAGAN MIDDLETON rings true with its deft prescience.

Trash Mountain – Bradley Bazzle

Having an enemy — that is, something towards which to direct his anger — is, in this way, Ben’s saving grace.

Bone Confetti – Muriel Leung

So much poetry from writers of color is rooted in an immediate sense of identity and place; Leung is beyond that.

Belly Up – Rita Bullwinkel

It’s arguable that BELLY UP simply presents an allegorical South: maybe all the more evidently brittle and compromised, with an extra little shine of strangeness.

The Eligible Age – Berta García Faet

Comprised of mostly declarative sentences verging on aphorism, THE ELIGIBLE AGE as a whole reads like a tractate.

The Comedown – Rebekah Frumkin

One wonders indeed how far back we might trace the sources of a family’s anxieties, the original sins of the original fathers, a neurotic first mover.

Empty Set – Verónica Gerber Bicecci

How do you render negative space, and if you can accurately describe it, is it really negative?

The Consequences – Niña Weijers

How often can refusal be appropriated, marketed, sold and consumed by those who possibly cause it, before the only chance an earnest human has is stop making art?

Asymmetry – Lisa Halliday

One of these novellas is not like the other. The asymmetry, of course, is very much the point, and the contrast is inherently political. Together, the two parts ask, What ‘we’ can hold us?