'Naamah' by Sarah Blake

Blake has packed a remarkable amount of earthly experience in this wondrous, funny, queasy, and erotic retelling of the Great Flood narrative … read more

‘After Disasters’ by Viet Dinh

Dinh’s new novel, After Disasters, captures the fluidity of time in the wake of devastation, weaving together AIDS, earthquakes and 9/11 with a sure hand on the story’s complex tiller… read more

'He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song' by Ryka Aoki

“Each [character] is touched by enough quirky characteristics and backstory to keep them unique– no easy task, but Aoki pulls it off by drawing on the sounds, smells, and rhythms associated with each individual and the different spaces their hearts compel them to inhabit.”… read more

‘Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea’ by Dan Lopez

Dan Lopez peoples his sea narratives with gay men, both white and of color, and in doing so reexamines the genre, not unlike Annie’s Proulx’s reexamination of the cowboy narrative in Brokeback Mountain…. read more

'Nochita' by Dia Felix

The fragmented episodes of the picaresque plot are tied together by an underlying emotional narrative: that of Nochita trying to balance her mother’s values with the need for self-preservation, feeling out the difference between softening and disintegration…. read more

'The Twelve Tribes of Hattie' by Ayana Mathis

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie does not feel like a debut novel. The quality of the writing, its quiet intensity, the certainty of the narrative voices speaks of a polish and talent that has been practicing for years…. read more

An All-Star Cast Narrates Excerpts from Christopher Bollen's Debut Novel

The interwoven voices of Chlöe Sevigny, Nate Lowman, Leelee Sobieski, Rufus Wainwright, Waris Ahluwalia, Kalup Linzy, Natasha Lyonne and Kirsten Dunst provide a haunting preview of Christopher Bollen’s debut novel, Lightning People (Soft Skull Press). Bollen’s highly-anticipated novel follows a group of middle-aged denizens in New York City during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. [via Nowness]… read more