This Week’s Hot Reviews

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Oscar Mandel | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551512 | November 2019 |
“Witty and grim. . . . I would urge this upon anyone who is able to read.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

The Freedom Factory
Ksenia Buksha | Phoneme Media/Deep Vellum | 9781944700157 | December 2018
“In the author’s hands, this unpromising raw material is skillfully transformed into a genuinely and unexpectedly compelling narrative. . . . The Freedom Factory grabs its readers early on and carries them sadly, humorously, and always humanly to the end.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

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Xandria Phillips | Nightboat Books | 9781643620084 | October 2019
“With resonant lyricism, Phillips charts a pattern of atrocities made distant from one another only by time and space.”—Poets.org

Party: A Mystery
Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books | 9781617757167 | June 2019
Party has layers. It functions as a subtle message about what it means to witness horror to such a degree that we lose our language for it; it is a quiet story about coming of age, suddenly, as a young black girl because of what the world shows us. It is about the many words our silence can hold, the way our absences can ring as loudly and discordantly as the words we do feel able to say.”—Literary Hub

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans Jessica Coehn | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“Delightful.”—The Jerusalem Post

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“In these new poems, Weise renders a powerful and sobering truth about the connection between visibility, vulnerability, and violence.”—3:AM Magazine

The Abolition of Species
Dietmar Dath, trans. Samuel P. Willcocks | Doppelhouse Press | 9780998777092 | May 2018
“A staggering work of imagination.”—Neelu.net

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