Reviews : Fiction

'Hotel Living' by Ioannis Pappos

Management consultants don’t exactly sound like the kind of people that would make for interesting summer reading: they evoke thoughts of boardrooms, airport lounges, expense accounts, and the kind of asshole with whom not many people would want to spend time. Stathis, the protagonist of Ioannis Pappos’ Hotel Living, fits all those descriptions and more,… read more

'Counternarratives' by John Keene

The remarkable thing about this kind of book–this expansive, wide-reaching book–is that the writer expects the reader to be as well-read as they are, or to at least engage with the text in an intentional way… read more

‘The Brink’ by Austin Bunn

The Brink is a fast-paced, slim, engrossing collection that reminds its reader of one of life’s most essential truths: we’re always on the cusp of something new, and every passing moment, for better or worse, changes us… read more

'The Gods of Tango' by Carolina De Robertis

There’s a way a novel can preserve stories, especially the stories of women, especially of marginalized people, that would otherwise be lost to us. We know these people existed, that they’ve always existed, but their lives have gone unrecorded… read more

'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara

What begins as an atmospheric bildungsroman set in a mythically ahistorical New York City morphs by slow degrees into a harrowing meditation on otherness and the redemptive possibilities of survival and friendship… read more

'Night at the Fiestas' by Kirstin Valdez Quade

At its best, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s new collection of stories, Night at the Fiestas, sidesteps cliché but keeps the grandeur of her setting by transposing it to her characters—people big as myth, opaque as Scripture… read more

'Sphinx’ by Anne Garréta

Sphinx, on the surface, is a standard story of love and loss. But that’s about all that’s standard here. You won’t get past the first page without asking questions, and by the time you turn the last one, you’ll be no closer to an answer… read more

'Vera’s Will' by Shelley Ettinger

“Don’t go. Let me show you what it looks like when surrender, and an instinct not to, live side by side.” —Carl Philips Shelley Ettinger has written a masterful novel. There are few in this world who can sustain the long, multi-generational, multi-perspective, multi-country narrative form, and she is one of them. Vera’s Will follows… read more