The Job of the Wasp – Colin Winnette

When I pick up a work of literary horror, I expect something deeply disturbing, if not outright horrifying, and yet, a work that is more than a ghost story told around some midnight campfire, whose only purpose is to chill and thrill.

The Changeling – Joy Williams

By novel’s end, you’ve been swallowed up and spat out, doused in stinging wetness and covered in luminescent fur.

A Good Day for Seppuku – Kate Braverman

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

Sadness Is a White Bird – Moriel Rothman-Zecher

In some ways every work of Israeli literature is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but some of them are trying to solve it.

The Geography of Rebels Trilogy – Maria Gabriela Llansol

Life for Llansol, at least going by these books, seems to have been something more flowing and organic than even an agua viva of the “I” as Lispector defines it.

Little Reunions – Eileen Chang

Chang has been referred to as China’s Joan Didion.

The Emissary – Yoko Tawada

Tawada’s is a fiction of resistance — to capitalism, imperialism, normative emotional expectations — and that can, sometimes, look a lot like cruelty.

Bride & Groom – Alisa Ganieva

Rather than crafting a character study or a love-at-first-sight romance (though the novel includes elements of both), Ganieva attempts to encapsulate Dagestan’s complexities, interrogating its customs, politics, and religion.

The Juniper Tree – Barbara Comyns

One of the scariest moments of THE JUNIPER TREE is nothing more than the sight of some flowers on the floor.

The Garbage Times / White Ibis – Sam Pink

It’s THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY in a funnier, sustained alt lit sentegraph.