Books by Megan McDowell

HUMILIATION by Paulina  Flores
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"This collection marks the arrival of an interesting young writer, if not a fully developed one."
Stories about lonely, disaffected people in contemporary Chile. Read full book review >
THE CROSSED-OUT NOTEBOOK by Nicolás Giacobone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2019

"A clever meditation on the joys and agonies of creativity, enlivened by its pressure-cooker plot. "
A screenwriter is held captive by a director demanding a brilliant script in this film-world satire. Read full book review >
MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS by Samanta Schweblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An assemblage of both gauzy and substantial stories from an unquestionably imaginative author."
A dark and dreamy collection by Schweblin (Fever Dream, 2017), like an eerie walk through a perpetual twilight of uneasy—and often absurdly funny—states of consciousness and being. Read full book review >
THE SON OF BLACK THURSDAY by Alejandro Jodorowsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"An occasionally overwrought slurry of myth and mysticism that nevertheless addresses dire sociopolitical problems still painfully relevant today."
In a follow-up to his autobiographical novel, Where the Bird Sings Best (2015), cult filmmaker, comic-book writer, and novelist Jodorowsky (The Metabaron #1: The Techno-Admiral & The Anti-Baron, 2018, etc.) tells the surreal tale of his Ukrainian Jewish immigrant father, Jaime, and mother, Sara Felicidad, and his Chilean childhood in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash. Read full book review >
CAMANCHACA by Diego Zúñiga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A smart, straightforward narrative that reveals the varied mood a shared experience can evoke."
A young man strains to understand the source of his parents' split as well as an uncle's suspicious death. Read full book review >
FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"In a literary thriller of the highest order, Schweblin teases out the underlying anxieties of being vulnerable and loving vulnerable creatures and of being an inhabitant of a planet with an increasingly uncertain future."
A taut, exquisite page-turner vibrating with existential distress and cumulative dread. Read full book review >
DIVORCE IS IN THE AIR by Gonzalo Torné
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This novel should spark interest in Torné's previous two and anticipation for what's to come."
Nothing really happens outside the protagonist's head in this book, but the author's virtuosic command of voice sustains the narrative momentum. Read full book review >
MULTIPLE CHOICE by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Though the overall effect is fragmentary, Zambra's fragments are consistently witty and provocative. A-minus."
True or false: can effective fiction be written in the format of a standardized test? Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Lina Meruane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Meruane, whom Roberto Bolaño called one of the 'greats in the new generation of Chilean writers,' fashions a challenging metafiction that ventures into fresh and provocative places. "
A female writer who is losing her sight probes the meaning of language, genre, and the reader's expectations. Read full book review >
MY DOCUMENTS by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Winningly arch and unusual takes on common household predicaments."
Eleven quirky tales from the Chilean novelist (Ways of Going Home, 2013, etc.), powered by people's fear of relationships and the strange ways we project our urge for connection onto others.Read full book review >
WAYS OF GOING HOME by Alejandro Zambra
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A metafictional layer cake of political, technical and poetic reflection—short, deft and striking."
How does the experience of dictatorship impact the children, and what is the relationship between writers and their material, asks a noted Chilean novelist. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF TREES by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2010

"A fleeting story translated with care—worth savoring. "
So often, we don't miss the things we love until we're sure they're gone for good—that's part of the lesson in this elegant, all-too-brief novella from prize-winning Chilean novelist and poet Zambra (Bonsai, 2008). Read full book review >