Terry Hong

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New Waves

Savvy and savage (with plenty of racist, sexist, sociopolitical bite), pop lit doyen Nguyen’s fiction debut is poised to trigger “new waves.”

How To Pronounce Knife

Cosmopolitan aficionados of pristine short fiction--think Paul Yoon, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Phil Klay--will want to read. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]


Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Anappara’s journalist training helps create a keen sense of place populated by vivid characters, but her fiction skills aren’t quite as honed, and the narrative drags, proving more unsatisfying than edifying. For larger collections. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]


Beside Myself

Short-listed for the 2017 German Book Prize, Salzmann’s multilayered first novel should find resonance with cosmopolitan Stateside audiences, most especially with internationally savvy LGBTQIA readers.

Best World Literature 2019


Black Forest

While the novel is “certainly not for members of the cult of the carefree,” as Assef wryly notes, internationally-savvy seekers will undoubtedly be intrigued.

Kitchen Curse

Despite possible disappointment, Kurniawan groupies won’t be deterred; for newbies, go to the novels for greater fictional satisfaction.

The Far Field

That breathtaking story—even enhanced by Mathan's empathic reading—turns sucker-punch when Shalini's naïve entitlement and blinding privilege lead the story into devastating predictability. ["Narrating Shalini's journey in chapters that alternate between past and present and utilizing strong characterizations throughout, Vijay has crafted an engaging, suspenseful, and impressive debut": LJ Winter 2018 review of the Grove hc.]

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Fearless, revelatory, extraordinary; an essential acquisition for every library. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]

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