Composed of twin narratives unfolding 70 years apart in Punjab and England, Sahota’s family saga is an often-harrowing account of how past events reverberate across generations—and how people we never knew are often the ones most intimate with us. Through the stories of a young man and his great-grandmother as they try to live in a way that feels authentic to their own desires and aspirations—and anchored by gorgeous prose—Sahota has crafted a beautiful story about one family as they struggle to declare their humanity against the forces of society and history.
Taylor follows up his Booker-nominated Real Life with a set of interconnected short stories that chronicle the turbulent lives of young creatives in the Midwest. With their meticulous prose and gentle tone, these pieces deftly convey the characters' melancholy, desire, lust, and sometimes desperate struggle for a place in a world that can be cruel at its worst and indifferent at its best. In short, this is a skillful evocation of the young adult-experience of the 21st century.
Who knew that a South Mexico mine fire a century ago could still feel so distressing--and so painfully relevant--to us here today? Yuri Herrera, one of the foremost chroniclers of Mexico's corruption, focuses in this short but powerful narrative on a long-overlooked episode in his country's tragic history, recounting a mine fire that, due to the company's and the government’s neglect, killed dozens of miners. HIs brilliant acount highlights what is sadly still a contemporary problem not only in Mexico but all over the world where exploitation is allowed to proceed unchecked.