Em, by Kim Thuy

Staff Pick

Told in lyrical stories that link the destines of different characters, Kim's haunting novel unfolds during the Vietnam War and incorporates many actual events, notably Operation Baby Lift. While conveying a lot in a few pages, the author skillfully excavates layers of pain and trauma to reveal grace and the resistance of the human spirit.                                                                                      





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By Kim Thuy, Sheila Fischman (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644211151
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 26th, 2021

The Actual Star, by Monica Byrne

Staff Pick

The Actual Star is about many things: climate change, the tourist gaze, love, sex, entropy, utopias, the fall of the Maya, whether the Maya ever actually "fell," religious ritual, reincarnation, and caves. It's a big book, demanding and sometimes fussy in its careful construction. But it'll make you think, and the ending feels like putting your hand on a cave wall and feeling the heartbeat of the world through the rock. "Actual star"--indeed.

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ISBN: 9780063002890
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 14th, 2021

Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World, by Sasha Fletcher

Staff Pick

In Fletcher's Brooklyn, the world is hurtling toward its imminent doom—or has it always been? The end times seem to go on forever here, where daily life is underscored by constant foreboding. Yet despite the madness, humanity carries on as usual. Certainly that's true of the protagonists: Sam and Eleanor are a perfectly normal couple whose love feels like a beacon of light amid the chaos, and their audacious hope and joy--both vulnerable and radical--collides brilliantly with the absurdity and tragedy Fletcher evokes. This is an exquisite and big-hearted debut, showcasing a rising talent's acute sensitivity to the many possibilities of life in the near future.



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ISBN: 9781612199474
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Published: Melville House - February 15th, 2022