Staff Pick

Can Xue’s first story collection in over a decade is a frenetic adventure through China’s slums. These sixteen pieces show the gritty reality of urban life, taking readers through sewers, behind concrete walls, and inside claustrophobic rooms. At the same time, with their varied and unreliable narrators, these narratives seem to unfold somewhere between the physical world and the fantastic world--charting dizzying liminal spaces where the only constants are incessant change and uncertainty. Despite this fundamental disorientation, Can Xue’s stories are threaded by questions of human nature, and what it means to share space with other forms of life. I Live in the Slums is not for everyone, but those that do decide to venture into Can Xue’s world will certainly be mesmerized. 

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By Can Xue, Karen Gernant (Translated by), Zeping Chen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780300247435
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Published: Yale University Press - May 19th, 2020

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Quotah's debut novel sweeps you up in the secrets that cause a young mother, Saeedah, to flee Cleveland with her daughter, Hanadi. Sadie and Hannah (among other pseudonyms) cover ground from  Ohio to California as they're pursued by investigators hired by her abandoned ex-husband Muneer who just wants his daughter back. Told across generations, from Muneer and Saeedah's first flirtation in their native Jidda, Saudi Arabia, to their crumbling marriage in the cold of midwinter middle America, a now-adult Hannah discovers her mother's betrayal and attempts to piece back together the heritage she's been denied. Quotah's prose is rich and flows easily; whether the shores be those of the Red Sea or Lake Erie-- she captures effectively what it means to exist between two lands and two cultures.
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ISBN: 9781951142452
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Published: Tin House Books - January 26th, 2021

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Cook's novel is a virtuoso exploration of humanity's relationship to nature. Set in a futuristic America where the entire population lives in a giant, polluted, smog-ridden city-state, the narrative focuses on Bea,  a young mother hoping to save her sick child, Agnes. Along with 18 others, the pair volunteer to move into the Wilderness State--a vast western territory that has been closed to humans--as nomadic hunter-gatherers. Timely and expansive, Cook's fiction will change the way you see nature.


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ISBN: 9780062333131
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020