Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World, by Sasha Fletcher

Staff Pick

In Fletcher's Brooklyn, the world is hurtling toward its imminent doom—or has it always been? The end times seem to go on forever here, where daily life is underscored by constant foreboding. Yet despite the madness, humanity carries on as usual. Certainly that's true of the protagonists: Sam and Eleanor are a perfectly normal couple whose love feels like a beacon of light amid the chaos, and their audacious hope and joy--both vulnerable and radical--collides brilliantly with the absurdity and tragedy Fletcher evokes. This is an exquisite and big-hearted debut, showcasing a rising talent's acute sensitivity to the many possibilities of life in the near future.



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ISBN: 9781612199474
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Published: Melville House - February 15th, 2022

Real Life, by Brandon Taylor

Staff Pick

Taylor’s debut novel is a rich and intimate portrait of the life of a Black gay grad student on the fringes of predominantly white normative academia. Unfolding over a single weekend , it follows Wallace as he  endures the aftershocks of painful memories from his growing up as well as the abrasions that come with being an outsider. Taylor is a master at conveying his character's acute discomfort, and what initially seems a typical campus novel soon becomes a stirring meditation on  race, sexuality, grief, trauma, and how these affect one’s personhood. In prose as accomplished as his psychological insight, Taylor delivers a difficult and beautiful work that avoids tidy resolutions and demonstrates the ways pain helps make life real.



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ISBN: 9780525538899
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

Tacky, by Rax King

Staff Pick

King's debut essay collection touches on cultural cornerstones that would be familiar to anyone who came of age in the late '90s and early 2000s--it's positively redolent with Auntie Anne’s pretzels and Bath and Body Works spritzes--and teems with the awkwardness of adolescence. But what makes this collection so refreshing is her attention to the kitschy, the trashy, and the tacky; interweaving a well-honed snark with odes to things that more highbrow critics would turn their noses up at, King takes readers on a ride that is unrepentant in its joy, teaching us to love in ways that are shameless, silly, and just plain fun.

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ISBN: 9780593312728
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021