Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Staff Pick

In this poignant and harrowing account of Lee Ok-Sun--a former WWII "comfort woman"--Gendry-Kim protests and rolls back decades of efforts by the Japanese government to obscure the role these women played as sexual slaves to the Japanese military. With her delicate brushstrokes, the artist transports us from Ok-Sun's fraught youth to her post-war fight for justice and recognition, and her art is in constant conversation with her material--both rendered more powerful by her eschewing graphic depictions of wartime horror in favor of simple distillations of larger emotions and moments. The author inserts herself in the story as well, providing insight via reflections on her work that illuminate both individual traumas and one of the darkest parts of recent history. What results is a moving, important piece of work that will stay with you for a long time.


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By Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Janet Hong (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781770463622
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 27th, 2019

Paradais, by Fernanda Melchor

Staff Pick

Given the events that unfold over the course of this slim volume, it's an understatement to say that there is trouble in Paradais. Wielding her language sharply, Melchor paints a bleak portrait of inequality: the opulence of those living in Paradais, a luxury housing complex, contrasts sharply with the desolate living situation in Progreso, the narco-controlled village. At the center of the novel are Polo and Franco, two misfit teenagers whose lives are defined by entitlement to what they lack--a point brought home by Melchor's resentful, and even cruel, turns of phrase. By the end, when desperation, dissatisfaction, and youthful recklessness clash violently in a macabre final act, the reader is left to contend with the detritus of unfulfilled desires and lives torn farther apart.  

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By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811231329
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Published: New Directions - May 10th, 2022

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