Christy Crutchfield explores the monsters, fiction hybrids, and the heart of strange creatures via Monster Portraits by Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar.
Shawn Wen’s biography in blank verse of Marcel Marceau the famed French mime establishes her as an irresistible force, much like her debut’s subject. Joseph Houlihan reviews.
This edition of Three Jawns explores the complicated pulse of Jan Wolkers’ Turkish Delight, the stirring cult hit documentary Wild, Wild Country, and Ann Hamilton’s at hand, a paper-based installation that resonates through emptiness.
Gina Myers takes a look at Ryan Eckes’ latest, General Motors, which examines Philadelphia, capitalism, and pigeons shitting on bosses.
“Prairie M. Faul’s poems are multifaceted and the whetstone—the stone used for sharpening—is the skin of this stunning house of a book.” Paul Cunningham reviews In the House We Built.
How do you keep yourself alive? Andrew Byrds investigates the effects of Ella Longre’s debut How to Keep You Alive through a personal and intimate lens.
Marina Carreira’s I Sing to that Bird Knowing That He Won’t Sing Back is “an ambitious first publication; one that succeeds, in part, because of how true it remains to the essence, both personal and cultural, both literal and figurative, of fado, the Portuguese genre of music, as a form of artistic expression.” Hugo dos Santos reviews.
How to build a moving story out of a lifeline of lies, loss, and bad decisions? Meghan Lamb takes a look at how Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book weaves its strange and heartfelt magic.
Colin Winnette’s latest, The Job of the Wasp, reprograms the murder mystery to invite such questions as: What cruelty lurks behind a shadow? Why can’t we weep openly without scorn? Why doesn’t weather menace our stories? Jason Teal reviews.