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Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten

★★★★☆ Mark Doten’s Trump Sky Alpha is one of few recent novels with something salient to portray about our current Trump era. Compare this to last year’s Gary Shteyngart novel Lake Success, which, while...

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Talent by Juliet Lapidos

★★★★☆ “I’m struggling to finish this PhD dissertation, so instead I’ll transmute it into a novel about a graduate student struggling badly to finish her PhD dissertation,” thought debut novelist Juliet Lapidos. (Possibly.) While...

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Boomer1 by Daniel Torday

★★★★☆ Sure, every generation despises the cultural values of the generation that rises to replace it. If you’re 50, scientific laws guarantee that music popular among contemporary 15-year-olds will sound awful to you. In...

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Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen

★★★☆☆ Sharmila Sen’s Not Quite Not White is articulate and engaging, so it’s all the more unfortunate that it fails to draw meaningful, practical conclusions about America’s imperfections. In this memoir/manifesto of a first-generation...

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Nevada Days by Bernardo Atxaga

★★☆☆☆ Nevada Days is Bernardo Axtaga’s barely-fictionalized novel chronicling his stay as a writer-in-residence at the Center for Basque Studies in Reno, Nevada. Outside the campus library, there’s a stall where they make coffee...