Fiction

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Motherhood
Sheila Heti
—Recommended by Cassie
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The Mars Room
Rachel Kushner
Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner's work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. —Recommended by Vanessa & Paul
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A Lucky Man
Stories
Jamel Brinkley
Jamel Brinkley's stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class―where luck may be the greatest fiction of all. —Recommended by Andy
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Garbage Times / White Ibis
Two Novellas
Sam Pink
Sam Pink is the funniest writer in America. He will make you laugh, cry, and see the world, and its people, with new eyes. I want to be buried with this book. —Recommended by Joey
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Heads of the Colored People
Stories
Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Díaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. —Recommended by Paul
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Blue Self-Portrait
Noémi Lefebvre
This book is a merry-go-round of memory rehashing, a dizzy spell cast by an unshakeable narrator, and oh so French. —Recommended by Cassie
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Compass
Mathias Enard
Every decade or so, a book comes along that demonstrates the true gift that is 'Literature'. Compass is just such a book, one that through a single sleepless night plumbs no less than mortality, love, music, and the historical intermingling of two great cultures seemingly at odds.
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Lacking Character
A Novel
Curtis White
In the spirit of "transcendent buffoonery" Curtis White's miraculous return to fiction is fun in the extreme. When a masked man arrives in N---, Illinois bearing a letter and claiming its contents a matter of life or death, the small town--and the fabric of reality--will never be the same.
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Fever Dream
Samanta Schweblin
Sickness devours our narrator as she retraces the steps that led her to this strange hospital bed. Never has a title been more apt to describe a scalding and blurry reading experience, the idea of memory twisted and tangled throughout. —Recommended by Cassie
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The Stone Building and Other Places
Aslı Erdoğan
Vivid stories from one of Turkey's most admired contemporary female authors, whose political activism has made her the target of state persecution.
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A Good Day for Seppuku
Short Stories
Kate Braverman
Haunting new stories about girls on the brink of adulthood, women on the verge of breakdowns, and families undone by past deceptions.
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The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. —Recommended by Scott & Paul
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Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.
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The Idiot
Elif Batuman
The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary.

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