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Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag 0

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

★★☆☆☆ A Bangladore family in the spice trade is faced with a crisis of interdependence. The narrator’s uncle managed to transform their family into wealthy entrepreneurs (doing so practically overnight), and each member of...

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen 0

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

★★★★☆ This splendid collection of short stories could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. Immigrants and refugees are under attack from the highest levels of government to the lowest level of individual...

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 0

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

★★☆☆☆ John Darnielle’s new novel Universal Harvester is an urban legend — a convoluted and ultimately disappointing one, but enough of a creepy modern folktale to appeal to those readers sensitive to nostalgic storytelling....

Commotion of the Birds by John Ashbery 0

Commotion of the Birds by John Ashbery

★★★☆☆ In Commotion of the Birds, John Ashbery’s twenty-seventh book of poetry, puzzling poems read like textual collages: meticulously arranged words and phrases torn and reassembled into abstraction. They’re enigmatic, but far from anything...