One Friday in April, by Donald Antrim

Staff Pick

Part memoir and part study of what causes someone to try to kill himself, One Friday in April recounts Antrim’s terrifying brush with suicide--an act he reframes as an illness in and of itself, and not just an outcome of a distinct mental disease. Written without chapter breaks, this book-length meditation on taking one's life weaves Antrim's and his family's harrowing experience into the wider cultural and social history of suicide, resulting in a brave testament that should help direct the ongoing conversation and shift attitudes about this difficult subject.






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ISBN: 9781324005568
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 12th, 2021

The Divorce, by Cesar Aira

Staff Pick

Aira’s new novella possesses such exuberant and unpredictable energy that to offer a synopsis would be a disservice to those coming in blind to this tour-de-force of digressive narrative. The book uses the eponymous event not as a subject, but as the jumping-off point for multiple stories involving different characters, settings, events, and coincidences. Translated by the great Chris Andrews, this work supports Aira's place as one of the more unique and dynamic writers of his generation--one surely worthy of comparisons to Borges and Bolaño, but eminently deserving his own singular place in the pantheon of literary greats.

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By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by), Patti Smith (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780811230933
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Published: New Directions - June 1st, 2021

Beautiful World, Where are You, by Sally Rooney

Staff Pick

Rooney’s newest novel--a cause for celebration--may be her most personal and her most interrogatory yet. Featuring the intertwining relationships of four characters in varying degrees of intimacy as they navigate lives under constant threat of collapse, Rooney expands her literary frontiers by writing about familiar subjects: friendship, desire, youth, and a world in crisis. Few people can write about millennial existentialism and angst as well as Rooney, which has pigeonholed her as a millennial novelist--a misleadingly narrow descriptor, because her psychological acuity and insight rank her as one of the greats of any literary generation.

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ISBN: 9780374602604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021