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Debut author Julianne Pachico knows what you’re thinking when you hear the words “Colombian literature.”
“When people say ‘Colombian literature,’ ” she says, “the book that instantly comes into people’s heads is One Hundred Years of Solitude.”
Raised by expat parents in Cali, Colombia, Pachico departed at age 18 to continue her education in Oregon and England. But those formative years gave her an insider’s perspective on Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous fiction.
“It’s so interesting to ...
Jami Attenberg photographed by Zack Smith.
All Grown Up, Jami Attenberg’s wry tour-de-force of a novel tells the story of Andrea Bern: single, pushing 40, child-free by choice, and doing just fine, she’s living without the reassuring milestones that define “adulthood.” Andrea isn’t married or engaged. She doesn’t have a baby; more radical still, she doesn’t want one.
It is a novel Attenberg spent nearly a year trying very hard not to write.
“I was casting about for what I was going to write next ...
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The key to understanding Mohsin Hamid’s slim, stunning new novel is in the doors.
“Rumors had begun to circulate of doors that could take you elsewhere, often to places far away, well removed from this death trap of a country,” Hamid writes in Exit West, an extraordinary love story that opens in an unnamed country under siege by militants.
“Some people claimed to know people who knew people who had been through such doors. A normal door, they said ...
Malin Persson Giolito photographed by Viktor Fremling.
Malin Persson Giolito says she “always knew” she’d one day write a novel about a school shooting—she just didn’t realize what a challenge that would be. Quicksand, her widely acclaimed English-language debut (a bestseller in her native Sweden) skillfully depicts the causes and consequences of a mass shooting, blending elements of courtroom drama, taut psychological thriller, and coming-of-age story.
The novel opens in a classroom, the stark scene of the shooting, the air “hazy and gray with gunpowder smoke.” ...
Joseph Scapellato photographed by Ryan J. LeBreton.
Joseph Scapellato isn’t from the west—he grew up in suburban Chicago—but like so many Americans, the mythic west was always nearby. “My mom was and is an enormous fan of golden age Westerns: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, all those dudes in white hats,” Scapellato says. “I grew up watching those, and she accumulated all these cowboy tchotchkes. I grew up with all that.”
Later, Scapellato discovered the darker Western films from directors such as Sam Peckinpah and Sergio ...
Our preview of books first published overseas
The Golden Legend
U.K.: Jan 12, 2017 | Faber & Faber
U.S.: April 18, 2017 | Knopf
Aslam portrays his native country, Pakistan, as a violent, cruel place where beatings, killings, and rapes are commonplace, injustice and sectarian rivalry reign, and suicide bombers seek vengeance for insults to Islam. His two central characters, Massud and Nargis, are both architects renowned for their beautiful buildings. Massud is killed in what appears to be a terrorist attack by an American ...
Mariana Enríquez photographed by Nora Lezano.
When I told Mariana Enríquez that I enjoyed Things We Lost in the Fire, her debut short story collection, she couldn’t help but laugh.
“ ‘Enjoy’ is not something most people tell me,” Enríquez says. “They usually say they suffer through them.”
She has a point. The title story details an “epidemic” of women burning themselves in bonfires. Several of the stories are about teenagers, especially women, entering self-destructive spirals that hint at ruin. “The lack of food ...
Jim Shepard photographed by Barry Goldstein.
“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at just over two pages, is the shortest Shepard has ever published, and a standout in The World to Come, his ...