Happy Holidays from Dysfunctional Literary Families

The holidays are coming up, and if you need a reminder that maybe, just maybe, your family isn’t the most dysfunctional one on earth, revisit these novels. Warning: contains spoilers! 1. We the Animals by Justin Torres Three brothers endure a… Continue Reading

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Announcing the 2014 Fiction Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce our 2014 Fiction Contest Winners. Thank you for you patience with the unexpected delay. Fiction judge Roxane Gay has selected the following short stories: 1st Place: “Vox Clamantis” by Jennifer Down “Everything falls apart while a broken… Continue Reading

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Top 5 Genre Bending Works

The following five works have redefined the parameters of literary fiction, borrowing the lenses of disparate genres to evaluate and illuminate the human condition. All this while sidestepping the stamp of genre-fiction. 1. Jonathon Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn  Lethem’s lauded Motherless… Continue Reading

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Review of Elegy on Kinderklavier

Arna Bontemps Hemenway thinks about story a lot—even for a fiction writer. His collection Elegy on Kinderklavier, published by Sarabande Books earlier this year, examines narrative in surprisingly self-aware ways. The characters in his collection are unafraid to explore the stories… Continue Reading

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part IV)

This post is the fourth part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. The life of… Continue Reading

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