When I drop out, I go where all the drop-outs go. The jungle is full of beasts with teeth, but at least there are no detentions, no pop quizzes, no ink smudges trailing down wrists, no teachers locking me in quiet rooms.
Why did you disappear into the sky? This gentle question enters the story about halfway through Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s novel, The Bowl with Gold Seams, in a quiet scene between a father, his daughter, and the narrator of the novel, Hazel, who is looking after the daughter in a way of sorts.
It’s said that when an elder dies it’s as if a library has burned. When my grandmother passes at 101 I feel as if a whole city of libraries has become ash.
From our bookshelf, a few thoughts on Feeding Time, a new novel by Adam Biles.
I am dissecting a male cat during my anatomy class. Greg stands tall, two tables away, focused on skinning his female cat. The florescent light in the lab makes him look paler than he is. I think of sending him a text.
Every page of Bull and Other Stories is grounded in diverse protagonists and settings, each a discovery to treasure. Kathy Anderson, winner of the 2015 Autumn House Fiction Prize, has crafted a set of stories that match their laugh-out-loud humor with powerful emotional effect.
There’s a braided relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law; the marriage is the third strand. Three-part harmony, unity, or multivalent discord.
There are animals, heavy beasts that thump, thump, thump around the attic, and a family of swallows in the chimney that shit down and make a thick stew of white and black on the fireplace floor where the fire should go but doesn’t, and wind.
Melissa Goodrich’s debut collection isn’t afraid of monsters.
The research on this book was a strange process, relative to most of the others I have put out. When I wrote it, I was coming off the submission process of two very research-heavy novels…
From our bookshelf, a few thoughts on Infinite Ground, a debut novel by Martin MacInnes.