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Enriquez’s 2017 Things We Lost in the Fire is one of my favorite short-fiction collections of all time; now, after a four-year wait, I'm happy to report that The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is every bit as magnetic and horrifying. Drawing on the places and cultural mythologies of her native Argentina, these pieces speak to specifically Latin American-inspired terror, but they resonate universally. Suffused with the kind of dread that lodges in your spine and drags you down as you read, these pages are haunted by curses, zombie ancestors, and the ghosts of murdered children. But the true menace here lies in the nightmares of everyday life lived in poverty, amidst military dictatorships and state sanctioned violence. If you’re looking to be jolted out of your own reality, these stories are for you. 

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By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780593134078
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Published: Hogarth - January 12th, 2021

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In Sakita, a small city left behind by the modern world, we meet Anna Ogata, a lonely sixteen-year-old who mostly lives in her own head. Outcast from her peers and loved ones, Anna finds a far more exciting existence in her imagination, where the friends she creates help her make sense of the world around her. Orbiting Anna is LEO, a satellite whose meditations on humanity add an interesting layer to the book's themes of loneliness as he yearns to join the people he watches from above. In Satellite Love, Genki Ferguson shares with us a tender tragedy that highlights the values of connection and being present while asking what it means to truly exist and be real. 

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ISBN: 9780771049873
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Published: McClelland & Stewart - March 2nd, 2021

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Set in a South Korean resort town near the DMZ, Dusapin’s arresting first novel is a surprisingly vivid picture of limbo shot in high contrast. The narrator works in a mind-numbing job at a “guest house paralyzed by the cold” where she yearns “to be seen” by a visiting French cartoonist—even as she proves herself a brilliant observer. Through telling images from the synesthetic evocation of “skin clammy from the stench of sea spray that left salt on the cheeks, a taste of iron on the tongue,” to the startling description of how a man’s “throat throbbed when he chewed, like a sickly baby bird, newly born, dying,” Dusapin’s protagonist charts a society stuck in a state of suspended animation, where the only way out is plastic surgery and a move to Seoul—options the woman rejects, yet also makes her own, detailing the way her soup spoon “created ripples, smudging my nose, making my forehead undulate and my cheeks bleed into my skin.” Dusapin’s is a vision of singular power and strange beauty. 

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ISBN: 9781948830416
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Published: Open Letter - April 27th, 2021