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The Sky Was Ours

Fassler excels at detailing the nuances of his three characters’ personalities as well as the landscape of Lack and the beauty of human flight. True to its original source, this is a powerful parable about the promise of freedom through flight, balanced against the perils of human hubris and the limits of technology and innovation.

The Skunks

A character-driven convivial novel.

All Fours

While the protagonist’s self-obsessions and erotic escapades won’t be to everyone’s liking, July’s novel is a quirky, funny, even tender feminist tale that defies expectations about the lives women can lead.

Old Crimes: And Other Stories

Great short story writers encapsulate and distill the experience and emotions of a character in what amounts to a mini-novel. McCorkle demonstrates why she is considered a virtuoso of the form. This new collection will not disappoint her bevy of fans and may introduce some new readers to her flock of followers.


The final twist and thus the novel fail in large part because the epilogue introduces an abrupt structural shift and an unsatisfying change in narrative voice for which readers are not well-prepared and which takes the book in a different direction.

The Morningside

Obreht draws upon plausible dystopian and postapocalyptic futures and strong elements from Serbian folktales, as well as magical realism. The result is a strange, almost dreamlike novel, distinctive for its memorable characters and beautiful writing.

House of Caravans

An auspicious debut, recommended for readers seeking a bittersweet, sweeping saga exploring the chaos and divisiveness brought forth by Partition.

Hard by a Great Forest

Vardiashvili’s amazing and poignant tale of loss and resilience draws readers in with compelling descriptions of land and place. Saba encounters horrid acts of violence or their aftermath, but he also finds beauty, even magic and mystery. A remarkable debut certain to be longlisted for multiple awards, if not shortlisted for several.


Through Bunny, a likable enough person with inherent flaws, Kiesling creates a powerful “everyperson” archetype for whom political inertia is the modus operandi, proffering an honest and damning reflection on why the personal is political.

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