The Incendiaries - R. O. Kwon

Staff Pick

True to the book's title, RO Kwon has crafted a fiery debut that announces her arrival as a new singular voice in American literature. Her first novel, told through three different perspectives, is an interrogation on the nature of love, faith, and identity. The book reminded me of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair as both books tackle a character's investigation into the driving force behind the faith of a beloved in order to shed light into the mystery of why the beloved did the things that she did in the course of the novel. Compelling narrative matched with an eloquent writing style, you can't go wrong with that.

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ISBN: 9780735213890
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Florida - Lauren Groff

Staff Pick

Groff has done with this new collection what many writers have attempted but so few have achieved: to create a sense of association between writer and place with precise and evocative writing. In the 11 stories contained in Florida, she creates an image of Florida filled with dread, violence and death, an image that's far from the popular perception of Florida today, while also examining the burdens of privilege, parenthood, and marriage. With her trademark lyricism and singular voice, Groff has proven why she is one of the best writers working today.

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ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

America Is Not the Heart - Elaine Castillo

Staff Pick

Elaine Castillo's America Is Not the Heart is an astonishing portrait of what it is like being a Filipino who moved to America in search of the elusive "better". Whether for a better place, a better job or a better life, Castillo has zeroed in on the desire of every immigrant and woven it into a compelling novel. Being a Filipino immigrant myself, I can attest that Castillo's novel hits close to home and lays bare ache after ache with each turn of the page. America Is Not the Heart is a beautiful novel written with a powerful voice, and a worthy addition to the canon of immigrant fiction.