Set in the 1850’s, McGill's novel opens with Mary, the great niece of Victor Frankenstein, discovering the partially burnt remains of letters divulging the dark secrets behind the infamous Monster. Down on her luck in the science community, Mary crafts a new creature, one based on a finned dinosaur known as a plesiosaur. However, as with her great-uncle, her creation unleashes chaos--and then disaster. Asking: what is life? Who has the power to create? And how far can love go? McGill has written a beautiful, dark, and thoughtful reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Kiesling's masterpiece of a novel tracks the current climate action stalemate through a coming-of-age story--and a hyper-object that weaves through the life of Bunny Glenn. Unfolding against the geopolitical complexities of the oil and energy sector, it recounts Bunny's upbringing as a diplomat’s child in Azerbaijan during the '90s rush for Caspian Sea oil, then follows her career climb with a Houston oil company as she navigates her ambition, desire, and a liberal politics that runs counter to the fuel industry's power and class structures.
Piñeiro's most recent work available in English gives us the story of Mary Lohan in the form of a logbook. Lohan was originally María Elena, and she left Argentina--and her husband, in something of a mad scramble--to assume her second identity two decades before, in the wake of an accident. It's not giving anything away to say that her homecoming unearths long-buried memories and grudges as this complex figure is once again forced to reckon with the accident that led to her flight. A Little Luck, as is true of all Piñeiro's work, is a sharp exploration of Argentinian society. written with style and vitality,