Something New Under the Sun, by Alexandra Kleeman

Staff Pick

Alternate realities, simulated realities, mimicked realities—Kleeman’s novel bristles with simulacra satirizing the varied unreal realties we have imposed on society and on our lives. So at what point does the unreal supersede the real? What is even real to begin with? These questions take on immediate urgency in a world so beset by environmental disaster that it is literally burning up. Deftly weaving critical issues into a Pynchonesque narrative, what Kleeman gives us is no light-hearted romp, but a timely, necessary tale that's a pleasure to read. 

 

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ISBN: 9781984826305
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Published: Hogarth - August 3rd, 2021

The Fortune Men, by Nadifa Mohamed

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Mohamed's Booker Prize-short listed novel brings to vivid life both 1950s Great Britain and the experiences of the young Somali immigrant who was the last person to be executed in Cardiff. Fully evoking both the man and the society--flaws and all--the captivating prose conveys a deeply human story of anger and racism, condescension and police indifference to hostility against the immigrant community that made life for them akin to a tightrope walk over a gaping abyss. Though drawn from events 70 years in the past, the injustices and tensions Mohamed recounts continue to plague us, making this historical fiction as contemporary as today's headlines.  
 


 

 

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ISBN: 9780593534366
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Published: Knopf - December 14th, 2021

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton

Staff Pick

A flurry of recent novels has turned fictional cultural anthropology—works tracing cultural history through invented musicians and artists—into a distinct sub-genre. Walton’s contribution stands out as a shining example. In it, a young journalist is investigating how the life of her father, a drummer, intersected with that of an iconoclastic Black woman artist. Told through interviews, articles, and traditional narrative that span several decades and focus on US and British cultural scenes, Walton has crafted an engaging novel which also challenges the reader to reconsider long-held assumptions and beliefs about real-world culture and history.      

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ISBN: 9781982140168
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Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

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