Matrix, by Lauren Groff

Staff Pick

There is an ornate and otherworldly--almost divine--quality to Groff’s writing that makes Matrix the perfect display of this already accomplished writer's growing genius. And her genius is indeed growing as she recasts the High Middle Ages life of the poet Marie de France as the story of a well-born bastard exiled to life as a nun in a remote abbey. Building on the luster of her past work--not least, that of her renowned sentences--Groff also shows a steadier and more restrained hand.


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ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

China Room, by Sunjeev Sahota

Staff Pick

Composed of twin narratives unfolding 70 years apart in Punjab and England, Sahota’s family saga is an often-harrowing account of how past events reverberate across generations—and how people we never knew are often the ones most intimate with us. Through the stories of a young man and his great-grandmother as they try to live in a way that feels authentic to their own desires and aspirations—and anchored by gorgeous prose—Sahota has crafted a beautiful story about one family as they struggle to declare their humanity against the forces of society and  history.  

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ISBN: 9780593298145
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Published: Viking - July 13th, 2021

Filthy Animals, by Brandon Taylor

Staff Pick

Taylor follows up his Booker-nominated Real Life with a set of interconnected short stories that chronicle the turbulent lives of young creatives in the Midwest. With their meticulous prose and gentle tone, these pieces deftly convey the characters' melancholy, desire, lust, and sometimes desperate struggle for a place in a world that can be cruel at its worst and indifferent at its best. In short, this is a skillful evocation of the young adult-experience of the 21st century.



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ISBN: 9780525538912
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021