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Jawbone

by Meg Nola

In Mónica Ojeda’s sinuous novel "Jawbone", six wealthy private school girls form a dangerous clique. The six girls share obsessions with Instagram, crocodiles, La Llorona, Slender Man, and the cropped chic of... Read More

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How We Are Translated

by Meg Nola

Concepts of ethnicity, intimacy, and identity are woven into Jessica Gaitán Johannesson’s quirky, contemplative novel "How We Are Translated". Twenty-four-year-old Kristin is a Swedish native living in Scotland. Her partner, Ciaran,... Read More

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How to Be a Revolutionary

by Eileen Gonzalez

In C. A. Davids’s novel "How to Be a Revolutionary", two people from opposite ends of the world connect and are separated by political and personal secrets. Beth, a South African haunted by her turbulent youth and failing marriage,... Read More

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Lacuna

by Meg Nola

In Fiona Snyckers’s dark and riveting novel "Lacuna", a young South African woman struggles in the aftermath of a gang rape. Lucy Lurie’s brutal assault is a personal tragedy and the perceived pivotal event of John Coetzee’s novel... Read More

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Steel

by Kristine Morris

"Steel" is an intimate coming-of-age story set in a gritty northern Minnesota mining town in the 1920s. The town, made up of poor immigrant families—mainly Italians, Croatians, and Scandinavians—has as its sustenance the world’s... Read More

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The History of Man

by Eileen Gonzalez

A man learns, too late, the price of colonial ambition in Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu’s novel "The History of Man". From a young age, Emil was encouraged to become “a man of history,” a man who could further the aspirations of empire and... Read More

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