When I Sing, Mountains, Dance, by Irene Sola

Staff Pick

Translated from the Catalan, the award-winning writer's novel-in-stories features the Pyrenees as both a setting and a character. Similarly, the book numbers ghosts, animals, plants, and inanimate objects, in addition to humans, among its many narrators as it recounts the story of a family hounded by hardship and death. The struggles Sola depicts, however, encapsulate not just the horror of life in this legendary mountain range, but also its beauty, making it one of the most exciting books of 2022 so far.

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ISBN: 9781644450802
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 15th, 2022

Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera

Staff Pick

Herrera's stripped, surreal, and intoxicating novel is masterful in its use of language, exploring both linguistic borders and, through its protagonist Makina, psychological and political borders. When Makina crosses from Mexico to the U.S. to find her brother, Herrera shows us what disappears en route...some of which cannot be recovered. Bringing together elements of  the Aztec myth of the underworld and the beating reality of lived experience, this story is a short and breathless ride. By its end,I found it painful to leave Makina behind and I can't wait to pick up another of this powerful Mexican writer's deceptively brief works again.




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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories (P408) - March 1st, 2015

Very cold People, Sarah Manguso

Staff Pick

Manguso’s first novel is made of so many fine, incremental observations that you may not notice the larger coming-of age story that’s taking shape—making it all the more jolting when it arrives. As narrated by Ruthie, a girl growing up in the fictional New England town of Waitsfield, daily life is a series of mine fields, which, if successfully negotiated, will lead to release from the class-bound rules and the diet of shame (her “birthright”) her outsider parents raise her on, even as she pursues the ordinary milestones of birthday parties, best friends, crushes, first dates, and drinking. Equally ordinary, however, are the girls’ physical and emotional abuses by male teachers and relatives—experiences that shatter Ruthie and her friends in different ways. Like Manguso’s deft nonfiction chronicles of illness, lost friends, and journaling, her fiction hones language to a laser-sharp edge, whether Ruthie is noticing a nightgown’s “cold little fireworks show” of sparks, noting how “the background of my life was white and angry, with violent weather,” or hoping that a friend’s high school pregnancy would ensure “that her father wouldn’t want to go near her anymore.”

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ISBN: 9780593241226
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Published: Hogarth - February 8th, 2022