The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo

Staff Pick

Celebrate The Great Gatsby's move to the public domain by reading this superior version of it! The Chosen and the Beautiful is languid and glamorous, boasting not only the perfect roaring twenties voice, but elements of magic and strangeness that beautifully fit both the story and its era. Vo's artful twists on the original novel give us a deeper look at wealth, racism, and queerness.

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By Nghi Vo
ISBN: 9781250784780
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Tordotcom - June 1st, 2021

The Lamplighters, by Emma Stonex

Staff Pick

At first glance, you might assume that The Lamplighters is a novel about stoic, lonely men smoking pipes and sharing tins of soup in the middle of the ocean. But it is just as much about the women and families these men leave behind when they depart for their lighthouse shifts. There are secrets untold, emotions hidden, and the unhappiness that festers when one feels trapped. The novel moves quickly in brief chapters that jump in time and create a haunting feeling—one both dreamlike and tragic.       

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ISBN: 9781984882158
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Published: Viking - March 16th, 2021

How to Order the Universe, by Maria Jose Ferrada

Staff Pick

What seems like a cute children's book for adults is in fact a dark, occasionally funny, tiny punch of a novel. It is told by M, a daughter of a traveling salesman in 1970s Chile, and she turns out to be at once the most and least reliable narrator. Things are not what they seem to M, but her frank descriptions of things happening around her make both wonder and horror much more palpable. This is a beautifully translated novel, both subtle and stark.

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ISBN: 9781951142308
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Tin House Books - February 16th, 2021