by Amelia Brown

Imaginary Museums – Nicolette Polek

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Polek allows her characters — and therefore herself — to face the fear of futility that lurks everywhere in her exhibits. But there is a real grace in this devastation, too. Alongside the grace, stories like these provide that fizzy tincture of strangeness and humanity that every reader I know lives for.

Space Invaders – Nona Fernández

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Fernández does something vitally important here, something rare in American narratives of collective protest: she does not equate uncertainty with foolishness.