literary fiction

‘Pedro Páramo’ Is a Masterpiece that Resurrects and Welcomes the Dead

‘Pedro Páramo’ Is a Masterpiece that Resurrects and Welcomes the Dead

In our world, we irrevocably control the dead and their narrative. In Juan Rulfo’s masterpiece Pedro Páramo, however, the dead control their narrative.

Faulkner Bares His Fangs: Vampirism in ‘Sanctuary’

Faulkner Bares His Fangs: Vampirism in ‘Sanctuary’

William Faulkner’s unproduced film script, ‘Dreadful Hollow’, was not his only foray into the fantastical, as 1931’s Sanctuary tells its twisted form of vampirism.

‘Calling for a Blanket Dance’ Sews Together a Story of Single Fatherhood

‘Calling for a Blanket Dance’ Sews Together a Story of Single Fatherhood

Calling for a Blanket Dance stitches an intergenerational quilt of rich themes: gift-giving, second chances, reclaiming culture, family loyalty, and the indelible search for a home. 

Trigger Warning: Fuminori Nakamura’s ‘The Gun’

Trigger Warning: Fuminori Nakamura’s ‘The Gun’

Fuminori Nakamura’s neo-noir The Gun picks apart the mental machinery of a potential shooter and puts him back together, piece by piece, to identify the fatal components.

‘Bliss Montage Is a Surrealistic Meditation on the Human Condition

‘Bliss Montage Is a Surrealistic Meditation on the Human Condition

Ling Ma’s short story collection, Bliss Montage, brilliantly explores the absurdity and alienation of living under late-stage capitalism.

Dare You Enter Jennifer Egan’s Mind Palace ‘The Candy House’?

Dare You Enter Jennifer Egan’s Mind Palace ‘The Candy House’?

Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House is an EDM concert, a prestige drama, a mind palace – and a warning.

Debut Novel ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ Brims with Menace

Debut Novel ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ Brims with Menace

Ariel Delgado Dixon’s compulsively readable debut novel, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, explores what it means to cope with a shared, painful past. 

Will the Film Capture the Artfulness of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’?

Will the Film Capture the Artfulness of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’?

With its film adaptation releasing this summer, the best-seller Where the Crawdads Sing calls a reader to open themselves to places and people on the edge.

Marcial Gala’s ‘Call Me Cassandra’ Revolts Against Gender Constraints

Marcial Gala’s ‘Call Me Cassandra’ Revolts Against Gender Constraints

In Call Me Cassandra, Marcial Gala dismantles the suffocating binary of unyielding machismo in pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba.

Missouri Williams’ ‘The Doloriad’ Pulls Itself Along the Ground

Missouri Williams’ ‘The Doloriad’ Pulls Itself Along the Ground

Missouri Williams’ ‘The Doloriad’ is a perverse tale of human remnants scratching out a bare survival like a lone pine twisting out of a stony cliff.

Alejandro Zambra’s ‘Chilean Poet’ Is a Tender Ode to Parents and Language

Alejandro Zambra’s ‘Chilean Poet’ Is a Tender Ode to Parents and Language

In ‘Chilean Poet’, Alejandro Zambra reaches the sublime through descriptions of everyday routine amongst family members – however they describe themselves.

For Don DeLillo, ‘The Silence’ Is Deafening

For Don DeLillo, ‘The Silence’ Is Deafening

In Don DeLillo’s The Silence, it is much like our post-pandemic life – everything changed but nothing happened. Are we listening?