This Week’s Hot Reviews

Evil Things
Katja Ivar | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242092 | February 2019
“One of the finest books to be released this season.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
“[A] chilling entry in this three-part series.”—New York Journal of Books

What’s Left of the Night
Ersi Sotiropoulos, trans. Karen Emmerich | New Vessel Press | 9781939931610 | October 2018
“Imaginative. . . . Karen Emmerich does a wonderful job translating the original Greek, with an English that flows easily, while keeping the feel of poetry. A well-researched, sympathetic novel, it should inspire readers to discover or rediscover Cavafy’s poetry.”—The Gay & Lesbian Review

Lima :: Limón
Natalie Scenters-Zapico | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595318 | May 2019
“Powerful. . . . The collection is resolute in its treatment of the violence and brutality inflicted upon women. It confronts abuse in all its complexity.”—Latino Book Review

Flowers of Mold & Other Stories
Seong-Nan Ha, trans. Janet Hong | Open Letter | 9781940953960 | April 2019
“The ten well-crafted works of short fiction. . . . make the skin-crawl—not by overly explicit description, although there can be that too, but rather by imbuing her characters with a certain inescapable creepiness.”—Asian Review of Books

The Eye: An Insider’s Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art
Philippe Costamagna, trans. Frank Wynne | New Vessel Publishing | 9781939931580 | August 2018
“Fascinating. . . . Takes the reader on a historical, personal and detective-like global exploration of the art world.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

Malva
Hagar Peeters, trans. Vivien Glass | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754429 | September 2018
“The writing is lyrical, sensuous, animated by Latin passion and flights of the imagination.”—Full Stop

Exiles of Eden
Ladan Osman | Coffee House Press | 9781566895446 | May 2019
“Exile here is a daily longing, a gift and curse of an outsider eye, an experience that grapples with the word ‘relative’ in all its meanings.”—The Adirondack Review

Things to Make and Break
May-Lan Tan | Coffee House Press | 9781566895279 | October 2018
“Studded with beautifully blunt, at times merciless, sentences, Things to Make and Break peels back the physical and social world with the point of a scalpel.”—The Caroline Quarterly

Swinging on a Star
David Trinidad | Turtle Point Press | 9781933527970 | October 2017
“These poems are pure, simple fun. They undermine any literary pretensions, smug gratuitous cleverness, or post-modern ventriloquy, giving us instead the agile acuity of a truly brilliant American poet.”—Pleiades

The Wolf Who Wanted to Fall in Love
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eléonore Thuilllier | Auzou | 9782733852446 | December 2017
“In this funny picture book children will encounter a wolf who has a very familiar problem. He gets advice from all kinds of well-meaning friends, but in the end it turns out that love is a quixotic thing that cannot be forced.”—Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

Lunch Quest
Chris Kuzma | Koyama Press | 9781927668658 | June 2019
“This comic is a great way of introducing non-naturalistic storytelling to young readers, reconnecting them to basic concepts of shape and showing them how it can tell a story.”—High-Low

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