In "rokurokubi", a man who has the demonic ability to stretch his neck to incredible lengths tries to save a marriage built on secrets. You should be here; he's simply magnificent. These are the final words a biologist hears before his Margaret Mead-like wife dies at the hands of Godzilla. In "girl zero", a couple navigates the complexities of reviving their deceased daughter via the help of a shapeshifter.
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone #ad - And, in the title story, a woman instigates a months-long dancing frenzy in a Tokyo where people don't die but are simply reborn without their memories. Every story in the collection turns to the fantastic, the mysticism of the past, and the absurdities of the future to illuminate the spaces we occupy when we are at our most vulnerable.
The recently dead find their footing in "The Inn of the Dead's Orientation for Being a Japanese Ghost".
Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: StoriesSmall Beer Press #ad - The journey is the thing as pinsker weaves music, memory, loss, history, on highways and high seas, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, love, mystery, technology, in murder houses and treehouses. Pinsker has shot like a star across the firmament with stories multiply nominated for awards as well as Sturgeon and Nebula award wins.
They are often described as beautiful but Pinsker also knows that the heart wants what the heart wants and that is not always right, or easy. Sooner or later everything Falls into the Sea is one of the most anticipated sf&f collections of recent years. They feature runaways, wired, fiddle-playing astronauts, haunting, and retired time travelers; they are weird, hopeful, and deeply human.
Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories #ad - The baker's dozen stories gathered here including a new, the future, previously unpublished story turn readers into travelers to the past, and explorers of the weirder points of the present.
The Deeper the Water the Uglier the FishTwo Dollar Radio #ad - Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, and shouldn’t, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, have to themselves. The girls move in increasingly opposing and destructive directions as they struggle to cope with outsized pain, and as the history of Dennis and Marianne’s romantic past clicks into focus, the family fractures further.
In this captivating debut, katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession. The structure, characters and storyline are all refreshingly original, and the writing is nothing short of gorgeous. 2018 los angeles times book prize finalist*longlisted for the crook’s corner book prize *longlisted for the 2019 vcu cabell first novelist award*a best book of 2018 ―kirkus reviews, puddle of urine on the floor, Bustle, Fast CompanyIt’s 16-year-old Edie who finds their mother Marianne dangling in the living room from an old jump rope, LitHub*35 Over 35 Award 2018*One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Fall ―Vulture, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed News, Harper's BAZAAR, LitReactor, The Millions, Entropy, BuzzFeed News, barely alive.
The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish #ad - It's a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn't afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places. Michael schaub, NPR. Upstairs, 14-year-old mae had fallen into one of her trances, often a result of feeling too closely attuned to her mother’s dark moods.
After marianne is unwillingly admitted to a mental hospital, Dennis, Edie and Mae are forced to move from their childhood home in Louisiana to New York to live with their estranged father, a former civil rights activist and literary figure on the other side of success.
Dead Girls and Other StoriesDzanc Books #ad - A crew of bomber pilots addresses the ash of villagers below. Preteen girls dial up the ghosts of fat girls. Startling, far-reaching tales of women who haunt and are haunted. Kirkus reviews, starred reviewWith lyric artistry and emotional force, Emily Geminder's debut collection charts a vivid constellation of characters fleeing their own stories.
. A breathlessly fast-moving collection that leaves a reader enchanted, provoked, and curious about the little-noticed corners of the darkening world. The new york times book review"An eerie convergence of female identities and experiences across time and space. A teenage runaway and her mute brother seek salvation in houses, buses, the backseats of cars.
Dead Girls and Other Stories #ad - And from india to new york to phnom penh, dead girls both real and fantastic appear again and again: as obsession, as threat, as national myth and collective nightmare.
Coyote SongsBroken River Books #ad - In this mosaic horror/crime novel, ghosts and old gods guide the hands of those caught up in a violent struggle to save the soul of the American southwest. A man tasked with shuttling children over the border believes the Virgin Mary is guiding him towards final justice. A woman offers colonizer blood to the Mother of Chaos.
A boy joins corpse destroyers to seek vengeance for the death of his father. These stories intertwine with those of a vengeful spirit and a hungry creature to paint a timely, compelling, pulpy portrait of revenge, family, and hope. Call him the barrio palahniuk, for my money gabino Iglesias is one of the most fearless, a badass Henry Miller, Charles Willeford in Cholo-land—whatever the moniker, original and riveting writers working today.
Coyote Songs #ad - Jerry stahl, author of permanent Midnight“Iglesias is a master of compact phrasing and perfectly paced suspense. Los angeles Review of Books.
White Dancing ElephantsDzanc Books #ad - Winner of the 2017 dzanc short story collection prize, drama, and immigrant stories with precision, White Dancing Elephants marks the emergence of a new and original voice in fiction and explores feminist, queer, religious, and compassion. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance.
. And fragments of history, are held up in brief fictions, burnished, from child brickmakers to slaves in Renaissance Portugal, made dazzling and unforgettable. In seventeen remarkable stories, chaya bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color—cunning, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, bold, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other.
White Dancing Elephants #ad - A brief but intense affair between two women culminates in regret and betrayal. Best books of 2018 kirkus reviews debut and short fiction categories Best Books of 2018, Entropy Magazine A Book Club selection for The Wing, Rebel Women's Lit and Bookish. Com 35 over 35 debut fiction award finalist for the 2019 pen american Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection "Chaya Bhuvaneswar's debut collection maps with great assurance the intricate outer reaches of the human heart.
What a bold, exciting new voice, smart, well worth listening to; what an elegant story collection to read and savor. Lauren groff, evocative, author of Florida"Stunning, electric.
A Lucky Man: StoriesGraywolf Press #ad - A teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel of J’Ouvert can’t help but look out for his impressionable younger brother. A pair of college boys on the prowl follow two girls home from a party and have to own the uncomfortable truth of their desires. And at a capoeira conference, caught in the dance of their painful, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, fractured history.
Jamel brinkley’s stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, gender, especially in a world shaped by race, and class―where luck may be the greatest fiction of all. Finalist for the national book award for fictionin the nine expansive, searching stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past.
A Lucky Man: Stories #ad - An imaginative young boy from the bronx goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp.
The Body MythThe Unnamed Press #ad - Mukherjee’s novel encapsulates the heady breathlessness of falling in love. Publishers weeklyone of the huffington post's most anticipated Books of 2019Mira is a teacher living in the heart of Suryam, a modern bustling in city India, and the only place in the world the fickle Rasagura fruit grows. Mira runs to help her but is cautious, for she could have sworn the woman looked around to see if anyone was watching right before the seizure began.
. Mira lives alone, and with only the French existentialists as companions, until the day she witnesses a beautiful woman having a seizure in the park. Mira is quickly drawn into the lives of this mysterious woman Sara, who suffers a myriad of unexplained illnesses, intensely supportive husband Rahil, striking up intimate, and her kind, volatile and fragile friendships with each of them that quickly become something more.
The Body Myth #ad - A moving exploration of loss, Mukherjee delivers an intense and unexpected modern love story as Mira reconciles reality with desire.
Gingerbread: A NovelRiverhead Books #ad - Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, according to many sources, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away or, non-existent land of Harriet Lee's early youth. And then there's the gingerbread they make. As the book follows the lees through encounters with jealousy, family grudges, work, and real estate, ambition, wealth, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.
Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader. Exhilarating. A wildly imagined, head-spinning, deeply intelligent novel. The new york times book review"Wildly inventive…Helen Oyeyemi's prose is not without its playful bite.
Vogue the prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and imaginative novel. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.
Gingerbread: A Novel #ad - Perdita lee may appear to be your average british schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. The world's truest lover of the lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval —a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything good or bad that has happened to Harriet since they met.
Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story.
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill UsTwo Dollar Radio #ad - 1 brooklyn, stereogum, cbc, book riot, fear, heavy, chicago review of books, entropy, national post, and loss, Michigan Daily*American Booksellers Association ABA 'December 2017 Indie Next List Great Reads' *Midwest Indie BestsellerIn an age of confusion, The Los Angeles Review, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters.
2018 "12 best books to give this holiday season" ―today show*best books of 2018 ―rolling Stone"A Best Book of 2017" ―NPR, Esquire, Paste Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Vol. Whether he's attending a bruce springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us #ad - In the wake of the nightclub attacks in paris, at shows, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. Not a day has sounded the same since I read him. Greil marcus, Village Voice. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.
In essays that have been published by the new york times, previously unreleased essays―Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, and Pitchfork, MTV, among others―along with original, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
Funny, desperate, precise, painful, and loving throughout.
FloridaRiverhead Books #ad - A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, childless couple, grown up; a restless, a searching, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and mother.
The stories in this collection span characters, even centuries, history, towns, but Florida—its landscape, decades, a mood, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, climate, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, a wave of sadness, family, as she writes about loneliness, rage, a flash of cruelty, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, and the passage of time.
Florida #ad - With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement. Finalist for the 2018 national book award winner of the 2019 story prizeone of npr's best books of 2018the universally acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.
Haunting and arresting. New york times Book Review"Outstanding. The boston Globe"Marvelous. The economist"Gorgeously weird and limber.