fiction

Feminine Discontents in ‘Back from the Dead’ and ‘The Other One’

Feminine Discontents in ‘Back from the Dead’ and ‘The Other One’

Catherine Turney, a top-drawer writer of classic films about strong women, adapts her supernatural novel The Other One for Back from the Dead.

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

In Wandering Stars masterful storyteller Tommy Orange shifts our lens from historically imposed assimilation to contemporary cultural reclamation.

Colin Barrett’s Debut Novel ‘Wild Houses’ Unfolds Predictably

Colin Barrett’s Debut Novel ‘Wild Houses’ Unfolds Predictably

The narrative in Colin Barrett’s debut novel Wild Houses unfolds predictably, without much in the way of plot twists or surprises.

Living with Uncertainty in ‘The Sterns Are Listening’

Living with Uncertainty in ‘The Sterns Are Listening’

Below the surface clutter of its frenetic plot line, The Sterns Are Listening deftly deals with dwelling ‘peacefully in doubt’.

Author Jerome Charyn on the Complex Demons in ‘Ravage & Son’

Author Jerome Charyn on the Complex Demons in ‘Ravage & Son’

Author Jerome Charyn’s Ravage & Son is a brutal novel written with a beauty that transcends the violence, providing an empathetic look into human complexity.

The Surreal, Dazzling Desert World of Melissa Broder’s ‘Death Valley’

The Surreal, Dazzling Desert World of Melissa Broder’s ‘Death Valley’

Melissa Broder’s quality of being “terminally online” lends Death Valley an air of immediacy that grounds its surreal, dazzling moments in poignant emotional realism.

Two Men in a Tub: A Sudsy Interview with Humorist Robert Wringham

Two Men in a Tub: A Sudsy Interview with Humorist Robert Wringham

Robert Wringham’s Rub-A-Dub-Dub slips neck-deep into the wet hot mess of middle-age angst. From the comfort of his bath, so to speak, he talks about it.

In ‘Girlfriend on Mars’ a RomCom Competes with Climate Change

In ‘Girlfriend on Mars’ a RomCom Competes with Climate Change

Girlfriend on Mars equips itself nicely on the climate change front, but subsuming that narrative and the tensions within it into the love story redirects the novel’s orbit.

Acid Trips Meet Ancestral Trauma in ‘All-Night Pharmacy’

Acid Trips Meet Ancestral Trauma in ‘All-Night Pharmacy’

With the same shocking specificity that sets apart her poetry, Ruth Madievsky’s All-Night Pharmacy brings us uncomfortably close to everything the narrator witnesses in a hospital waiting room.

The Punk Rock Sci-Fi of Izumi Suzuki’s ‘Hit Parade of Tears’

The Punk Rock Sci-Fi of Izumi Suzuki’s ‘Hit Parade of Tears’

Though her fiction retains elements of future conjecture and civilizational prognosis, like punk rock itself, Izumi Suzuki is more committed to the sci-fi genre as an edgy social and emotional analysis tool.

Author John Wray on the Death Metal Novel as Flamethrower

Author John Wray on the Death Metal Novel as Flamethrower

Like the death and black metal bands it includes, John Wray’s novel Gone to the Wolves is a full-on assault on the senses that doesn’t hold back.

Caroline Hagood’s ‘Filthy Creation’ Makes the Monster Within a Work of Fiction

Caroline Hagood’s ‘Filthy Creation’ Makes the Monster Within a Work of Fiction

The inner Frankenstein that informed Caroline Hagood’s non-fiction Weird Girls lurches through her new work of fiction, Filthy Creation.