Staff Pick

Sestanovich's richly observed stories give us both the quiet wonders of seemingly ordinary moments and the broader outlines of womanhood in modern life. Focusing on women's inner lives, and particularly on the characters' longings, Sestanovich sensitively portrays sexual desire, but also explores a less easily articulated longing for more, one often punctuated by a sense of ennui. Through a combination of nuanced and sophisticated prose and abrupt endings, Sestanovich has crafted short fictions with a lasting emotional effect, giving us the sense that we were merely eavesdropping on these women's lives.


 

Objects of Desire: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593318096
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Published: Knopf - June 29th, 2021

Staff Pick

Reading Claudia Ulloa Donoso’s collection of stories felt like meeting a stranger for coffee and hearing them voice the secret absurd thoughts that had been hiding inside my head. Sometimes funny, sometimes unsettling, and often surreal, Donoso’s words will creep into your mind and make a nest. They will follow you through your day, flying circles around your head at work, pecking the plate next to you at dinner, and perching beside you in bed at night. These witty, weird little stories will stay with you. And after reading them, you won’t want to pick up anything else. Other books just won’t be the same.

Little Bird Cover Image
By Claudia Ulloa Donoso, Lily Meyer (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781646050659
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 17th, 2021

Staff Pick

Aira’s new novella possesses such exuberant and unpredictable energy that to offer a synopsis would be a disservice to those coming in blind to this tour-de-force of digressive narrative. The book uses the eponymous event not as a subject, but as the jumping-off point for multiple stories involving different characters, settings, events, and coincidences. Translated by the great Chris Andrews, this work supports Aira's place as one of the more unique and dynamic writers of his generation--one surely worthy of comparisons to Borges and Bolaño, but eminently deserving his own singular place in the pantheon of literary greats.

The Divorce Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by), Patti Smith (Foreword by)
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811230933
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Published: New Directions - June 1st, 2021

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