Barbara Hoffert

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As much portraiture and piercing social commentary as it is narrative, this affecting work is like no novel you have ever read. For all readers wanting to deepen their understanding of identity issues and/or the formal possibilities of fiction.

Fault Lines

Introspective Mizuki takes readers on a deep dive into what’s really important in life. In a voice that’s sometimes thoughtful, sometimes entertainingly sardonic, and always heartfelt, Itami delivers some unexpected conclusions.

The Archer

This lusciously detailed work allows us to enter Vidya’s longing and confusion and indeed her sheer physicality, so that we become the dancer just as she becomes the dance, and we finally understand with Vidya that dance is a way of looking at and finally being in the world.

Black Cloud Rising

A triumphant examination of U.S. history and race relations at a crucial juncture, as seen through the eyes of the well-wrought, ever-questing Etheridge; highly recommended.


Perpetual West

Maren’s richly rendered work is distinctive in its exploration of multiple issues of identity at once, teasing out an understanding of pressing cultural, sexual, and personal conundrums with characters who remain consistent and relatable even as they are in the throes of redefining themselves.

On a Night of a Thousand Stars

Both heartbreaking and race-to-the-end suspenseful, as secrets will out that starkly reveal the tragedy of Argentina’s Dirty War.

Fencing with the King

A resonant and pointedly perceptive story about family, Middle East history, and creating new narratives, whether as individuals or nations.


Highly recommended.

Ghenghis Chan on Drums

An absolute delight for the politically engaged or anyone who loves edgy, energized verse.


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