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Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin 0

Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin

★★★☆☆ In 2015, Lucia Berlin’s (1936-2004) posthumous collection A Manual for Cleaning Women was a sensation. FSG presented her short stories as the work of an under-recognized master and readers reveled in her lost-in-time...

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Scribe by Alyson Hagy

★★★★☆ Alyson Hagy’s Scribe is a strange creature, a mutant hybrid of dystopian fiction and fireside lore. In a land ravaged by disease and strife, one woman survives by trading her ability to write...

Dementia 21 by Shintaro Kago 0

Dementia 21 by Shintaro Kago

★★★★☆ “Ero Guro Nansensu” is a slippery categorization: originally coined in the 1930s to describe a particularly decadent movement in Japanese art and literature, it has since seeped outside its borders into increasingly ribald...

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 0

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

★★★★★ In Washington Black (longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize), Esi Edugyan imbues a Victorian-era storytelling sensibility into an American origin story. The saga of the slave George Washington Black, a “disfigured black boy...

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann 0

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann

★★★★★ No Good Alternative is the second half of William T. Vollmann’s Carbon Ideologies, a sprawling two-volume presentation on the world’s energy consumption and its resultant environmental dangers. Together, the two parts of Carbon...

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard 0

The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard

★★★★☆ Originally published in 1966 and reissued this summer by Picador, J.G. Ballard’s fourth novel The Crystal World is a metaphysical, conceptual adventure through the jungles of Africa. Edward Sanders, a doctor specializing in...