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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

A fascinating, poetic read from an up-and-coming author. For fans of literary fiction and libraries with immigrant communities. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]

Aetherial Worlds: Stories

Well known in Russia as an author, professor, and cohost of a popular TV show about politics and culture, Tolstaya may attract new readers of literary fiction with her thoughtful, sometimes magical prose. Others may find these stories too slow, but fans of Russian literature and culture will relish this first work to be translated in 20 years. [See Prepub Alert 10/5/17.]

The Friend

Literature nerds, creative writing students, and dog lovers will find this work delightful. Recommended for literary fiction collections.

Woman at 1,000 Degrees

Despite the unusual, humorous premise, the voice feels inauthentic and the story drags on. Fans of whimsical novels or those interested in Icelandic settings may enjoy it. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/17.]

The Doll's Alphabet

Some readers may be put off by the bizarre, sometimes grotesque imagery in these stories. Others, such as fans of authors Alexandra Kleeman and Amelia Gray or the films of David Lynch and David Cronenberg, will be delighted. Grudova is undeniably talented and someone to watch.

Here in Berlin

Unfortunately, most of García's vignettes are only a few pages long, leaving readers no chance of getting to know the emotions or details of the characters' lives. This novel touches on complex themes such as exile, memory, and life in wartime but without much depth.

The Tower of the Antilles

While not exactly pleasant to read, Obejas's stories demonstrate an acute understanding of being caught between two places and cultures as different as America and Cuba. A nice addition to libraries that serve immigrant communities.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Highly recommended for all readers of literary fiction. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, or Garth Risk Hallberg's City on Fire will especially enjoy.

Flesh and Bone and Water

The cultural details in this novel may be interesting to Brazilian expats, and YA readers may relate to the coming-of-age story. However, the plot is predictable and the author's attempt to shock the reader with family secrets falls flat.

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