Debut Books

Mischling – Affinity Konar

What really saves MISCHLING is Konar’s astonishing lyricism. Against Adorno’s statement, here there is poetry in everything.

The Girls – Emma Cline

Please take a moment to appreciate the perfection of the phrase “cuff of trapped blood.”

The Reactive – Masande Ntshanga

He is an HIV-positive person for whom HIV is operating, surely, as a metaphor.

The Lightkeepers – Abby Geni

The same non-intervention the biologists practice on the island — not to leave a human mark on the fragile ecosystem and thus to merely observe, even when a baby animal is dying and could be saved by a small push in the right direction — is extended towards each other.

Problems – Jade Sharma

PROBLEMS is hypnotic and dank, an intimate gurgle from a person to whom you have become so endeared you decode it. And you know it’s beautiful.

One Hundred Twenty-One Days – Michèle Audin

In fact, the historian admits defeat.

You May See A Stranger – Paula Whyman

While I was reading YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER by Paula Whyman, I kept thinking about Carrie Bradshaw and my adventures in accidental homewrecking, and how Whyman’s protagonist Miranda Weber is, on paper, an utter mess in a way even Carrie would never let herself be.

Tropisms – Nathalie Sarraute

Seventy-seven years later, Sarraute’s writing continues to unnerve and interrogate our readerly expectations.

Oil and Candle – Gabriel Ojeda-Sague

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague describes and deploys ritual forms in order to undo the obscuring magic of privilege.

Surveys – Natasha Stagg

Stagg knows her strengths as a storyteller and continues to tell the story with lots of dialogue and minimal interiority instead of resorting to numbers, or to the pristine artifice of online forms such as screen-caps and chats.