A Double Life by Flynn Berry

Staff Pick

What secret selves lie within us? And of what dark deeds are they capable? Inspired by the notorious case of Lord Lucan, Flynn Berry‘s A Double Life (Viking, $26) follows Claire decades after her father murdered her nanny, and left her mother nearly dead, before disappearing. Claire has convinced herself that she has moved beyond the events of her childhood, capable of living a healthy, functional life, only to be derailed each time a new sighting of her father is reported. But this time, waiting for confirmation of a false sighting, Claire finds that she cannot wait any longer and might be more like her father than she thought. Berry explores class, ethics, and the psychology of violence to understand the ways in which we are shaped by trauma; this is a mystery that delves beneath the surface to look at the unsavory things that dwell there, both in others and in ourselves.

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ISBN: 9780735224964
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Published: Viking - July 31st, 2018

Evolution by Eileen Myles

Staff Pick

Eileen Myles’s first new collection of poetry since 2011, Evolution (Grove, $25) is everything that could be expected from the brilliant, weird Eileen Myles, whose last book was the acclaimed prose Afterglow (a dog memoir). Irreverent and abundant, this is a book to cleanse you of your woes—a book in which Myles is elected president, considers Utopia and James Comey, writes about bodies, loneliness, and anything else that comes to mind. Eileen Myles defies expectations of art or language and in this newest book she continues an ongoing project of carving out the much-needed space in which her own particular, strange, wonderful vernacular can casually find purpose. Reading this book, there is the sense that no filter, or editing, or qualifying, stands between the page and Eileen Myles’ inner dialogue, and how lucky we are for that.

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ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018

Rough Animals - Rae Delbianco

Staff Pick

Rae DelBianco’s debut novel is an intense, violent, visceral, at times overwhelming odyssey where the land is as much a character as any human and even more likely to ruin you. Exchanging cowboy hats and six-shooters for cartels and TEC-9s, DelBianco’s rural thriller is an incredible modern Western that explores our changing understanding of that specifically American mythology, and through it, the violence that underlies everyday life. Earning comparisons to Denis Johnson and Cormac McCarthy (which should be reason enough to read it), this is a ferocious book, as unforgiving and destructive as it is transcendent.

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ISBN: 9781628729733
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Published: Arcade - June 5th, 2018