National Book Foundation 5 under 35 Authors: Literary Fiction, Oct. 2023, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Story collections from writers you've been watching. 

Chang, K-Ming. Organ Meats. One World. Oct. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9780593447345. pap. $18. LITERARY

Jackson, Greg. The Dimensions of a Cave. Farrar. Oct. 2023. 480p. ISBN 9780374298494. $30. LITERARY

Torres, Justin. Blackouts. Farrar. Oct. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780374293574. $27. Downloadable. LITERARY

Washington, Bryan. Family Meal. Riverhead. Oct. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780593421093. $27. LITERARY

In Chang’s decidedly offbeat Organ Meats (following Gods of Want), best friends Anita and Rainie learn from a pack of stray dogs uncannily able to communicate with humans that they are descended from generations of dog-headed women and women-headed dogs and must decide whether to become dogs themselves. In Jackson’s The Dimensions of a Cave (following Prodigals), investigative reporter Quentin Jones is stunned when his story on military interrogation practices in the Desert War is scotched and, investigating further, discovers a cutting-edge technology that simulates reality during interrogation (25,000-copy first printing). In Torres’s Blackouts (following We the Animals), the protagonist tends a dying man in the desert who will pass along to him a project comprising stories collected in the early 20th century from queer subjects (100,000-copy first printing). In Bryan Washington’s Family Meal (following Memorial), queer TJ and Cam bond while growing up in Houston and years later must navigate their estrangement.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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