Fiction

The Boy Who Turns to Toads by Dana Diehl

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.

Book Reviews

The Bowl with Gold Seams by Ellen Prentiss Campbell

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.

Research Notes

Rion Amilcar Scott on Insurrections

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.

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Feeding Time by Adam Biles

From our bookshelf, a few thoughts on Feeding Time, a new novel by Adam Biles.

Fiction

Anatomical by Tara Isabel Zambrano

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.

Book Reviews

Bull and Other Stories by Kathy Anderson

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.

Research Notes

Kirstin Allio on Clothed, Female Figure

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.

Fiction

Gifts from My Mother by Maureen Langloss

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.

Book Reviews

Daughters of Monsters by Melissa Goodrich

Melissa Goodrich’s debut collection isn’t afraid of monsters.

Research Notes

Timmy Reed on IRL

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…

Bookshelf

Infinite Ground

From our bookshelf, a few thoughts on Infinite Ground, a debut novel by Martin MacInnes.