The narrative in Ben Berman’s collection, Figuring in the Figure, leads to a father’s witness of his infant daughter’s first discoveries of herself, yet it begins in another stage of life—a young man’s post-collegiate drift, aching for the shape of a self and a life that he will come to find in unanticipated forms.
In Beartown Fredrik Backman once again unites a world of diverse readers with two simple questions: What happens when people live according to expectations, and what happens when they don’t?
By the end of Moments of Seeing, readers have met two of Katrina Kenison’s close friends and borne witness to the holes their deaths left in her heart, grieved the death of a beloved family pet, celebrated the son who earned his 30-day sobriety chip and the son who directed a college musical, admired the perseverance of completing an intensive month-long yoga camp for instructors, and empathized with the pain of arthritis and aging hips.
Juli Anna Herndon
Katie Manning’s collection of poems, Tasty Other, examines motherhood with a fresh, acerbic eye and an imaginative wit. She eschews sentimentality in order to dissect the daydreams and nightmares of the new mother in fantastical detail.
Dana Fitz Gale weaves together the wounded lives of people who at first glance read like clichés, caricatures of life, eating Fritos in broken down Winnebagos or gossiping in the quilting club. But their hurt fills them out, makes them real and makes one want to gather them up and host a dinner party for the lonely. None of these characters, however, would attend.
While Ignacio is the lucky boy in the title of this novel by Shanthi Sekaran, this story belongs to Soli and Kavya. “This story, this fight for a boy—it wasn’t about the boy. It was about his mothers. It was about a law that grew from the deepest roots of their being.”
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