Reviews

The Seaplane on Final Approach – Rebecca Rukeyser

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Mountains and bears and ice floes are hardly cheap lipstick and pleather jackets, but to a hormone-addled teenager, anything and everything looks like sex.

Prophetess – Baharan Baniahmadi

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Slowly, she begins to sense the presence of all the world’s women in her own body, women who have been wronged by men or society in general. These voices fill her, erasing her own.

Beloved of the Dawn – Franz Fühmann

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[Fühmann’s collection] taps into the depths of the human condition—the grotesque and the intimate, the proud and the petty, the mortal and immortal.

Math Class – Kelly Krumrie

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Somewhere between mathematics as melodramatic caricature and migraine-inducing combinatorial, what about a third way?

Writings on the Other Animals – Manuel Becerra

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It isn’t intuitive to love the toad.

Asylum – Nina Shope

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Shope’s strength is marking the marginal shifts and mechanisms of power between patient and doctor.

Hypermobilities – Ellen Samuels

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The symptoms could be hers; they could also be ours.

The Secret Adventures of Order – Vincent Czyz

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Czyz remains on guard against prose writers whose search for the poetic slides into squashy self-indulgence, like someone picking up a karaoke microphone with a mistaken confidence that they really can sing.

A Dream of a Woman – Casey Plett

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The stories in A Dream of a Woman, much like the characters, hold each other up.

Kids in America: A Gen X Reckoning – Liz Prato

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Truth and reconciliation: it’s not something we do well here in the United States.

She Is Haunted – Paige Clark

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She Is Haunted mixes elements of melodrama—the mother-daughter psychodrama above all—into a traumatic temporality in which the past is never-ending.

The Moon Over Edgar – Ian Felice

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This collection advocates for attention to dreams, the uncanny, the mundane, and the moon as if now is the time to devote ourselves to that possibility rather than, like Edgar, letting our life pass before us.

Blood Feast: The Complete Short Stories of Malika Moustadraf – Malika Moustadraf

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Translated from the Arabic by Alice Guthrie, Blood Feast is a collection of fourteen stories that hiss and spit back at forms of unjust authority.

Little Foxes Took Up Matches – Katya Kazbek

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Kazbek weaves the fairy tale’s threads into a larger queer narrative to complicate questions of gender and sexuality.