Fiction

One of the most meaningful things a person can say is simply “I’m here,” and this is the level of profound connection that Ethan Joella evokes without ever straying into cliche.

One of the most meaningful things a person can say is simply “I’m here,” and this is the level of profound connection that Ethan Joella evokes without ever straying into cliche.

Reading Trespasses is an exercise in trust, in letting oneself accept the transient failures of an individual while holding fast to their implicit humanity.

Reading Trespasses is an exercise in trust, in letting oneself accept the transient failures of an individual while holding fast to their implicit humanity.

Cartoonist Tom Gauld gets up to all manner of literary mischief in this quick-witted, must-have collection for book buffs.

Cartoonist Tom Gauld gets up to all manner of literary mischief in this quick-witted, must-have collection for book buffs.

Franny Choi’s collection will awaken and inspire readers. “I want a storm I can dance in. / I want an excuse to change my life,” she writes, and her attitude is contagious.

Franny Choi’s collection will awaken and inspire readers. “I want a storm I can dance in. / I want an excuse to change my life,” she writes, and her attitude is contagious.

Ignited by flashes of humor, the poems in this buoyant collection find Sandra Cisneros accentuating the positive, living without regret and setting an example for us all.

Ignited by flashes of humor, the poems in this buoyant collection find Sandra Cisneros accentuating the positive, living without regret and setting an example for us all.

Margaret Verble paints an extraordinary portrait of connection in defiance of racism in this moving novel.

Margaret Verble paints an extraordinary portrait of connection in defiance of racism in this moving novel.

For Joy Harjo, “history is / everywhere,” and the past is always present. Her vision and versatility are on full display in this majestic retrospective.

For Joy Harjo, “history is / everywhere,” and the past is always present. Her vision and versatility are on full display in this majestic retrospective.

We All Want Impossible Things is full of moments both mundane and painful, hilarious and heartbreaking.

We All Want Impossible Things is full of moments both mundane and painful, hilarious and heartbreaking.

As a harrowing account of smoky, itchy, bloody wilderness survival, Small Game is extremely enjoyable. On a deeper level, it’s also a deeply satisfying exploration of how humans persevere and adapt in the era of constant intrusion.

As a harrowing account of smoky, itchy, bloody wilderness survival, Small Game is extremely enjoyable. On a deeper level, it’s also a deeply satisfying exploration of how humans persevere and adapt in the era of constant intrusion.

Signal Fires is mainly a meditation on families—the secrets we keep, the hurts we don’t mean to inflict—and how those secrets and hurts play out over time.

Signal Fires is mainly a meditation on families—the secrets we keep, the hurts we don’t mean to inflict—and how those secrets and hurts play out over time.

In Now Is Not the Time to Panic, Kevin Wilson’s deceptively transparent prose, with a touch of humor, a dash of satire and a good bit of insight, carries the reader to a humane and satisfying conclusion.

In Now Is Not the Time to Panic, Kevin Wilson’s deceptively transparent prose, with a touch of humor, a dash of satire and a good bit of insight, carries the reader to a humane and satisfying conclusion.

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