Staff Pick

Williams puts her stamp on the interlocking-stories genre with a collection of richly language-driven vignettes—most spoken by an unnamed I to or about an unnamed you—in which moments are stopped and spun beyond time and space as the narrator relives her last glimpse of a departing you or overthinks kissing you in public. Leaving out as much as she tells, Williams fills the interstices of traditional narrative with a close focus on words themselves, investigating etymologies, synonyms, and sounds; in a typically sensual description, she loves etcetera for “its spokey consonants and rhythms, its bitedowns.” In another piece, the I chooses an on-line dating candidate because her email “smells like a sea breeze,” while in one of the few non-you-and-I narratives, two boys look closely into each other’s eyes, naming the shifting colors—“Truffle Leather 3,” “Enchanted Eden 2”-- as precisely and inventively as they can—all while one stuffs his friend’s mouth with marshmallows. If it’s only partially true that “this is all absurd,” such playfulness is certainly a large part of “the power of” Williams’s charming, quirky, empathetic and utterly original fiction debut.

Attrib. and Other Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593312353
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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 2021

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Composed of twin narratives unfolding 70 years apart in Punjab and England, Sahota’s family saga is an often-harrowing account of how past events reverberate across generations—and how people we never knew are often the ones most intimate with us. Through the stories of a young man and his great-grandmother as they try to live in a way that feels authentic to their own desires and aspirations—and anchored by gorgeous prose—Sahota has crafted a beautiful story about one family as they struggle to declare their humanity against the forces of society and  history.  

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593298145
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Published: Viking - July 13th, 2021

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Taylor follows up his Booker-nominated Real Life with a set of interconnected short stories that chronicle the turbulent lives of young creatives in the Midwest. With their meticulous prose and gentle tone, these pieces deftly convey the characters' melancholy, desire, lust, and sometimes desperate struggle for a place in a world that can be cruel at its worst and indifferent at its best. In short, this is a skillful evocation of the young adult-experience of the 21st century.

 

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538912
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021

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