We Do What We Do In the Dark, by Michelle Hart

Staff Pick

Hart's exquisite debut novel focuses on a young woman’s abject yearning for an older woman. Like a moth drawn to a flame, young and inexperienced Mallory is drawn to this more worldly woman, whose cold and mysterious demeanor only enhances the attraction. In a series of vignettes crafted of sensual and intimate language, Hart brings readers directly into Mallory's pseudo-coming-of-age, showing us her vulnerability and adoration for someone who, even as she grows older, she never quite equals. This is a powerful evocation of desire, loss, and disappointment, a story that is at once about the pitfalls of falling in love with someone out of reach and the heartbreak that is part and parcel of growing up.  

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ISBN: 9780593329672
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

Doloriad, by Missouri Williams

Staff Pick


A work as depraved and perverse as it is beautiful, Williams’s debut novel paints a haunting and macabre portrait of a family trying to survive in the aftermath of a cataclysmic apocalypse. In mesmerizing prose, Williams delivers a wild ride through the ruins of the future as she follows a matriarch whose grip on her illegitimate brood is already precarious when her younger children destabilize her vision further by searching for what lies beyond their encampment.



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ISBN: 9780374605087
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - March 1st, 2022

You Never Get it Back, by Cara Blue Adams

Staff Pick

Adams's award-winning debut collection is a series of interconnected vignettes that paint a lush portrait of a young woman in her young adulthood. Kate Bishop is knowledgeable enough about the world, but still carefully treading the waters of love, friendship, and loss. As she navigates these different moments in her life, they seem to leave her with more questions than answers, but Adams's deft prose sheds light in the cracks and fissures of seemingly banal moments, elevating the beauty of the ordinary. 

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ISBN: 9781609388133
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - December 15th, 2021