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11 Debuts You Should Pay Attention To

  • FICTION

    THE PISCES

    MAY 1, 2018

FICTION

THE PISCES

by Melissa Broder

A fascinating tale of obsession and erotic redemption told with black humor and biting insight. Full review >

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    THE GIRL WHO NEVER READ NOAM CHOMSKY

    APRIL 17, 2018

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    THE COMEDOWN

    APRIL 17, 2018

FICTION

THE COMEDOWN

by Rebekah Frumkin

Frumkin has talent to burn, and this very good novel suggests the potential for a truly great one. Full review >

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    HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

    APRIL 10, 2018

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HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    PATRIOT NUMBER ONE

    MARCH 20, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

PATRIOT NUMBER ONE

by Lauren Hilgers

This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting... Full review >

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    THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT

    MARCH 13, 2018

FICTION

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT

by Nafkote Tamirat

Captivating for both its unusual detail and observant take on teenage trust. Curious and delightful. Full review >

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    AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART

    APRIL 3, 2018

FICTION

AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART

by Elaine Castillo

Beautifully written, emotionally complex, and deeply moving, Castillo's novel reminds us both that stories may be all we... Full review >

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    ASYMMETRY

    FEB. 6, 2018

FICTION

ASYMMETRY

by Lisa Halliday

A singularly conceived graft of one narrative upon another; what grows out of these conjoined stories is a beautiful... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BRASS

    JAN. 23, 2018

FICTION

BRASS

by Xhenet Aliu

Aliu’s writing is polished and precise, bringing her characters glowingly to life. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BACK TALK

    FEB. 6, 2018

FICTION

BACK TALK

by Danielle Lazarin

Sensitive, intricate, and quietly powerful, Lazarin’s stories give voice to women learning to live on their own terms. Full review >

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