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Winter Newsletter 2023 Fiction

The MANIAC by Benjamin Labatut

“Cavemen created the gods, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t do the same.” An extraordinary, brilliant ride through a critical period of human history. The chilling story of technology, computers, and artificial intelligence pushing through human limits. A deep dive into the minds of 20th-century geniuses, told in three parts with a masterful blend of fiction and fact. This is a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that left me both exhilarated and terrified.  

—Trey

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ISBN: 9780593654477
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Published: Penguin Press - October 3rd, 2023

Candelaria by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Candelaria is the story of three generations of women fighting their way to one another through a surreal and chaotic apocalyptic event. Melissa Lozada-Oliva weaves a tale of generational trauma as five women grapple with various betrayals and failed expectations, with moments of intimate familial nuance that are both dark and deeply humorous. This is a strange and magical book that is raw, tender, horrifying, and utterly weird.

—Magnolia

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ISBN: 9781662601804
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Published: Astra House - September 19th, 2023

Absolution by Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott’s quiet and affecting novels (The Ninth Hour, Someone) tend to focus on the behind-the-scenes role of women in supporting the underpinning of our society. In Absolution, which Ann Patchett said should win the Pulitzer Prize, she turns her eye to the wives of American military officers in the early days of the Vietnam War. What is the moral benefit and harm caused by “doing good” in the midst of a complex world? Luckily, we have Alice McDermott’s empathetic and observant storytelling to show us the way.  

—Casey

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ISBN: 9780374610487
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 31st, 2023

The Liberators by E.J. Koh

Wow, that a debut novel can do so much and so beautifully—I was mesmerized from the very first page, when a young boy’s heart reaches his fingertips and thus marks the world with his words. Poet E. J. Koh does the same with her multigenerational family saga that is at once intimate and expansive. The Liberators is Korean history writ small, in the family relations of Insuk and Sungho, and the divisions and harm, the love, loyalty, strength, and hope of a people enduring. This book is a gem, simply stunning from start to finish.  

—Melinda
 

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ISBN: 9781959030157
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Published: Tin House Books - November 7th, 2023

Rouge by Mona Awad

After the death of her mother, Belle finds herself lured into a dark secret her mother Noelle held. Belle has always been obsessed with keeping her skin beautiful and young, constantly going into digressions about her extensive beauty routine. When a stranger appears with information about her mother, Belle gets sucked into the world of a strange, exclusive spa that figured in Noelle’s death. Mona Awad’s dark humor and poignant writing shines through in this, and as a big fan of Bunny, I was enthralled until the last word.  

—Andrea

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ISBN: 9781982169695
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 12th, 2023

The Future Future by Adam Thirlwell

A historical novel, a feminist manifesto, an alien utopia on the moon—this book has it all! The Future Future explores the myriad of power imbalances in our world, between servants and masters, men and women, rich and poor—as well as how the oppressed must band together in solidarity and sisterhood to survive. The softness and love our protagonist cultivates in the face of all that’s set against her is priceless.  

—Zoe

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ISBN: 9780374607616
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 17th, 2023

The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

Years ago, after reading Sigrid Nunez’s novel The Last of Her Kind, I wondered why she wasn’t a household name. Now, after The Friend and a well-deserved National Book Award, she’s widely (and rightfully) considered one of our finest writers. Her new novel, set primarily during the pandemic, explores the precariousness of life and our need for meaningful connection. Written in her clean and economical prose, the book is filled with perfectly drawn characters and spot-on observations.  

—Rico

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ISBN: 9780593715512
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2023

Blackouts by Justin Torre

Blackouts is Justin Torres’s long-awaited follow-up to We the Animals, and it is just as inventive, stealthy, and powerful. His latest blends truth and fiction, with the uncredited work of early-20th-century queer psychologist Jan Gay at its heart. Her research becomes the present-day project bequeathed to our young narrator by his elderly friend. Through actual excerpts, archival photographs, and their own sharing of experience, a queer history is retrieved and imagined forward in this thoughtful, lovely new work.  

—Melinda
 

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ISBN: 9780374293574
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2023

The Unsettled by Ayana Mathis

In Ayana Mathis’s affecting new novel, a mother’s love is the driving force toward self-determination in the face of the ongoing onslaughts of an unjust society. Duchess, a strong and feisty woman living in a self-sufficient Black community in Alabama, and her daughter Ava, who struggles to make it in Philadelphia with her son, give voice to the courage needed to define life on one’s own terms while still embracing the family and community that make us who we are.  

—Casey

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ISBN: 9780525519935
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Published: Knopf - September 26th, 2023

Straw Dogs of the Universe by Ye Chun

In Straw Dogs of the Universe, Ye Chun pulls us into the type of thought-provoking western that we should have been reading all along. Her cast of post–Gold Rush Chinese immigrants struggle to survive in California amid waves of xenophobic violence and the disheartening realization that they are a people without a home. If this is what ‘woke’ historical fiction looks like, sign me up.  

—Glenn

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ISBN: 9781646220625
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Published: Catapult - October 17th, 2023

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