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Here Is a Body

by Karen Rigby

In Basma Abdel Aziz’s haunting novel about state oppression, "Here Is a Body", homeless youth are conscripted into a rehabilitation program sponsored by a general, while ordinary citizens, who oppose him, protest a recent coup. In this... Read More

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The Blue Book of Nebo

by Elaine Chiew

Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Manon Steffan Ros’s "The Blue Book of Nebo" is an elegant, elegiac novel that tempers the enormity of nuclear Armageddon with personal, intimate relationships. Rowenna and her... Read More

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Last Tide

by Camille-Yvette Welsch

Andy Zuliani’s haunting and compact debut novel weaves the stories of four troubled people into an unsettling view of the future. The book begins in the close future with Ana and Win, a best friend driver and scrubber pair. Ana, a... Read More

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The New Manifesto

by Kristen Rabe

You will never read a book quite like Sam Ernst’s experimental novel "The New Manifesto", whose wildly creative, careening story defies expectations. Described as the first and only novel by prolific biographer Arthur B. Johnson, the... Read More

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Children of Dust

by Aimee Jodoin

In Marlin Barton’s historical novel "Children of Dust", a family struggles with the repercussions of the death of their newborn. In the 1880s in Alabama, Rafe has multiple families. He’s married to Melinda, with whom he has five... Read More

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Seasons in Hippoland

by Kristen Rabe

Wanjikũ Wa Ngũgĩ’s dreamlike coming-of-age novel "Seasons in Hippoland" is about the power of storytelling. Mumbi grows up in Victoriana, a country populated by freedom fighters and generals and oppressed by a succession of men in... Read More

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This Fierce Blood

by Camille-Yvette Welsch

Malia Márquez’s intense multigenerational novel "This Fierce Blood" incorporates magical realism into its story of three women struggling with family and social expectations. In Vermont, Wilhemina marries Norwegian Johannes, rather... Read More

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North

by Meg Nola

Brad Kessler’s compelling and compassionate novel "North" follows Sahro, a young Somali woman who’s forced to flee to Canada to avoid deportation from the US. Detoured by a snowstorm, she becomes the troubled secret guest of a small... Read More

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