The Luminol Reels – Laura Ellen Joyce

You can afford to read The Luminol Reels, which runs a slender ninety-seven pages, multiple times. Plan on doing so.

We Are the Birds of the Coming Storm – Lola Lafon

Lafon’s is a novel that asks, in certain ways, not to be reviewed.

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.

Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle

It is about life being hard, getting much worse, and then living with the practically unthinkable. Wolf in White Van is a tragedy.

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky – David Connerley Nahm

As dazzling and unsettling as a lone firework suddenly bursting — then just as quickly vanishing — on an otherwise dark, quiet night.

Sweetness #9 – Stephen Eirik Clark

The intentions of a Rembrandt and the team that created Sweet Maui Potato Chips can never be that far apart, it seems.

An Instrument for Leaving – Monika Zobel

On the page, Zobel’s memories become psychedelic portraiture.

The Temporary Gentleman – Sebastian Barry

Against what the balladeers would tell us, nationalism has never been an all-in sentiment among the Irish.

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore – Walter Mosley

The cathartic rutting that spices Mosley’s crime series is abandoned here for the everyday mechanics of industrialized desire.

Signs and Machines – Maurizio Lazzarato

Tracking down texts that gracefully bridge theory and praxis can be a thankless quest. Yet every so often we stumble upon a remarkable book which somehow manages to toe the line between the two.