Hardly a portrait of glory from sea to shining sea, these tales drop in on estranged, lost, and overwhelmed people.
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Parakeet is a virtuosic, perplexing, challenging trip. If it’s too disturbing a tale for this particular moment (it shouldn’t be), it may be a great work to explore in a year to come.
This is hard-hitting neo-noir parable whose dark humor delights as it strikes at the corrupt heart of business as usual in Argentina.
Whatever might be dark about these stories may also be — since they’re reliably witty and frequently very funny — a welcome distraction and relief from current events.
Because Eliza Griswold’s poems often take place in war zones, she’s always provocative — even when she is tendentious.
The imperative to engage with landscape, and thus leave or at least minimize the self, has become of great importance to Peter Handke.
Frances Wilson’s biography of Thomas De Quincey is superb, written with enormous empathy and insight.
You may have read similar earlier works, but Dominic Smith’s novel is in a class of its own.