In 2009, Short Flight/Long Drive books put out Mary Miller’s first book, a story collection called Big World. Word got out and people ate her stories up. It was hard not to. They were blunt and tight little nuggets. Her first novel and Big 5 debut, The Last Days of California, comes out from Liveright […]

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Cam Terwilliger takes a break from his Fulbright research to study H.P. Lovecraft’s eccentric, obsessive guide to Québec.

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A novel imagines an apocalyptic near-future to examine a multitude of contemporary fears  Here’s a handful of the ineffable occurrences of the past year: a sizzling meteor streaked through the sky and crashed in Siberia, injuring nearly a thousand; a mile-wide tornado uprooted homes and infrastructure in Oklahoma, killing almost thirty and leaving upwards of [...]

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A prodigious debut novel offers a new spin on the problem of the undead Yes, A Questionable Shape is that zombie novel you’ve been hearing about, but don’t believe the publicity: Bennett Sims, the book’s author, is barely interested in genre at all. This isn’t even The Keep or Motherless Brooklyn—something that stokes the intellect while [...]

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A darkly comic, affecting portrait of a 20-something with literary ambitions Some stories set in New York seem so instantly familiar that they might as well be their own genre, as rigidly coded as the western, or the Gothic horror tale. You know the New York story I’m talking about: jaded but immature youngsters want [...]

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A novel confronting the politics of apology, and the obstacles to redemption  On the surface, the plot of A Thousand Pardons is not unfamiliar: the breadwinning husband of a well-to-do household, mired in ennui, bursts into a fit of destructive, albeit temporary, insanity that lays waste to his home life. Drastic upheaval; everyone changes. Like [...]

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1. This is what a bar looks like                                                    2. Are you a winner? Elise Anderson will tell you   Guys, I’m pretty sure spring is here to stay now, save [...]

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A lively, surprising exploration of loneliness, longing, and surveillance as a substitute for intimacy Fiona Maazel’s new novel, Woke Up Lonely, is a howl—melancholy and resonant, consistently pitched but too wild and haunting to be described as one-note. If Maazel’s lens is tightly focused, she points it in so many directions and picks up such [...]

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A lively, surprising exploration of loneliness, longing, and surveillance as a substitute for intimacy Fiona Maazel’s new novel, Woke Up Lonely, is a howl—melancholy and resonant, consistently pitched but too wild and haunting to be described as one-note. If Maazel’s lens is tightly focused, she points it in so many directions and picks up such [...]

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