The Apple in the Dark by Clarice Lispector

Staff Pick

Lispector’s personal favorite among her novels, this is the story of a man attempting to lose, find, escape, and remake himself. Set on a remote Brazilian farm in the 1960s, it both zeros in on the nation's pervasive classism and racism and expands the smallest, everyday moments--sitting on a rock, milking a cow, lying in the dark--into deep philosophical meanderings. As the narrative wanders and circles through three perspectives, the characters illuminate each other from their singular points of view, exploring questions of how --or if--we can act to change ourselves. Full of violence, love, death, obsession, and wriggling life emerging from the soil, Lispector's work digs into the dark earth, and you will find your own hands dirty with her rich conjecture.



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By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811226752
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Published: New Directions - November 7th, 2023

Dialogue with a Somnambulist, by Chloe Aridjis

Staff Pick

Made up of stories, essays, and, most telling, portraits of people who defy the spaces meant to confine them, this collection of fiction and nonfiction describes and embodies the liminal point where truth and its many mirrors meet. Here a wax man walks, lucha libre becomes baroque art, and two sisters grasp each other as bullets fly above them on a night that warms in memory because it marked a time before the city--and the siblings--changed. Traversing time, countries, and categories, this collection is as surreal as it is real--making an art in and of itself.


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ISBN: 9781646221820
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Published: Catapult - August 29th, 2023

We Are a Haunting, by Tyriek White

Staff Pick

Lyrical, mesmerizing, and poignant, this debut novel jumps between two timelines to tell the parallel stories of a mother and son, along with those of the family, friends, and neighbors--dead and alive--who orbit them. As the narratives unfold their similarities and differences, White maps a changing landscape of poverty, gentrification, storms, and the tolls these take, all the while showing how grief and intergenerational pain threaten to untether us and turn life into abstractions. This fiction works like the steady drip of water, opening a canyon inside your heart.





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ISBN: 9781662601712
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Published: Astra House - April 25th, 2023