Big Swiss, by Jen Beagin

Staff Pick

Big Swiss is Beagin’s hilarious exploration of desire, honesty, and the different ways traumas manifest in people’s lives. It follows the course of a relationship between Greta Work, a transcriber for a sex therapist who, thanks to a chance meeting at a dog park, begins an affair with a woman whose troubles she already knows from the tapes she's listened to. Throughout the hot Hudson, NY, summer the two are together, Greta pretends to know nothing of her lover's innermost thoughts and feelings as the pair struggle to work through their traumas and heal. Readers will find Beagin's characters both outlandish and all too human.


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ISBN: 9781982153083
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Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2023

The Poppy War, by R F. Kuang

Staff Pick

Kuang’s literary debut is a stunning work that at once cemented the author as essential in the fantasy world. Drawing on the second Sino-Japanese War for the novel's background and updating the trope of the young urchin/hero, Kuang  opens the story as Fang Runin is plucked from a life both wretched and obscure to attend a top military academy where she trains in martial arts--as well as mystical ones--to become an elite soldier. When a revolution upends the precarious peacetime, Fang and her cohort are thrust into a bloody and violent war. Kuang does not shy away from the cruel reality of war's devastating effects for those both on and off the battlefield, and this novel is tense, fast-paced, and full of difficult questions about sacrifice and meaning for which there are no easy answers. 

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ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

The Late Americans, by Brandon Taylor

Staff Pick

With his signature wit and acute observations, Taylor again elevates the humdrum of quotidian life to remarkable literary fiction. Here he introduces a group of friends and peers whose lives are deeply connected in various ways. His exquisite prose not only conveys the characters' intense longing, tension, and desire as they go through a year of self-discovery. It also draws you into the group's intimacy in ways that feel almost intrusive--as well as absolutely enthralling.

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ISBN: 9780593332337
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 23rd, 2023