Temporary People - Deepak Unnikrishnan

Staff Pick

What does it mean to be one of the thousands of migrant workers whose labor allows modern metropolises like Dubai and Abu Dhabi to prosper? This novel (or story collection where all the tales are fragments of a grander narrative arc) has answers in spades. Some pieces simply, evocatively list occupations. Others spin wild, disturbing, and literally shape-shifting allegories from their fragile existences. Unnikrishnan has been compared to George Saunders for good reason -- he has the same social acuity, the same dark magic, and the same comic spark.

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ISBN: 9781632061423
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Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

Spells - Michel de Ghelderode

Staff Pick

The best pieces in this collection of eerie tales, and there are many, recall the peak ghost story output of M. R. James: elegantly composed, attuned to the darkness lurking within provincial towns and antique objects, and haunted by sudden supernatural visions. Yet without explicitly conforming to the style of horror, his work is somehow darker than so much else, obviously shaped by the attitudes of the times when its author lived. (Ghelderode originally published this in Belgium in the very midst of World War II.) Even so, there’s so much humor to spare -- see “Rhotomago”, where a demon gets loosed from a bottle and is unceremoniously forced back in.

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By Michel Ghelderode, George Maclennon (Translator), George Maclennon (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781939663207
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Published: Wakefield Press - January 24th, 2017

Huck Out West - Robert Coover

Staff Pick
It’s some kind of miracle how Robert Coover manages to take Huck Finn’s hoary bones and tell a vital story with them. Even if you haven’t touched Mark Twain since school, this “Huck Finn sequel” will catch you right back up with its storytelling charm and verbal gymnastics, reviving Huck’s famous dialect and making it sound freshly revelatory. (I had to stop myself from gleefully reading the entire thing aloud in public.) It doesn’t end with the language: Coover has imagined further lives for all of Twain’s characters that are vivid and true. Huck’s disillusionment with the Civil War-era America that he’s run off to find resonates across the centuries, but through the melancholy, you’ll be smiling right alongside him.
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ISBN: 9780393608441
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 10th, 2017