This Week’s Reviews

The Summer of Kim Novak
Håkan Nesser, trans. Saskia Vogel | World Editions | 9781642860191 | June 2020
“Nesser sensitively probes the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence, making this an exquisite example of Nordic noir’s ability to reveal the darkest emotional depths beneath a cloudless summer sky.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Tree and the Vine 
Dola de Jong, trans. Kristen Gehrman | Transit Books | 9781945492341 | May 2020
“Bea’s inability to face, let alone name, her true sexual desires drives this spare, elegant, and ultimately haunting novel. . . . Gehrman’s beautiful new translation returns the book to the spotlight where it belongs. . . . A jewel hidden in plain sight.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

We Had No Rules
Corinne Manning | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527994 | May 2020
“Manning’s debut collection exquisitely examines queer relationships with equal parts humor, heartache, and titillation. This enriching view of queer worlds unpacks narratives that have always been there, even if they’re not often seen.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Black Forest
Valérie Mréjen, trans. Katie Shireen Assef | Deep Vellum | 9781944700904 | October 2019
“A sparse and elegiac novel.”—Kenyon Review

Complete Gary Lutz
Gary Lutz | Tyrant Books | 9781733535915 | December 2019

“Lutz is the best contemporary American writer and theorist of loneliness.”—New York Review of Books

Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020

“A batty, playful satire, Temporary twists the jargon and anxieties of a millennial gig economy into a dreamscape of spires and scaffolding through which we swing as our narrator seeks out her steadiness.”—Los Angeles Times

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019
“It is a slim and beautiful volume. That’s important for this particular book because this is a piece of art. This is something that you want to hold dear and treasure.”—Read the World

The Love Story of the Century
Märta Tikkanen, trans. Stina Katchadourian | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920930 | February 2020
“Harrowing and singular, this novel charts the unsettling experience of being in a thoroughly flawed marriage, its title looming ominously over the proceedings. But then Tikkanen offers glimpses of better days, and the reader has a sense of how this particular marriage has curdled over time. It’s a haunting look at the fault lines of a relationship.”—Words without Borders

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 2020
“This is the story of a group of girls who go to school and are treated pretty poorly by the boys in the school. They have one place where they are able to go together that’s their safe haven. One day they plant a seed, and it allows them to change gender into boys. I’m super excited about it… This is going to be one of those power-packed little books.”–Ink and Paper Blog

The Phoenix of Persia
Sally Pomme Clayton, illus. Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif | Tiny Owl Publishing | 9781910328439 | March 2020
“Bold colors and textures pop, while traditional instruments accompany a free audio version available online. Reed flutes, zithers, lutes, dulcimers, and a Kurdish drum each represent a character from the tale, creating a culturally accurate, multisensory experience.”—Foreword Reviews

Sports is Hell
Ben Passmore | Koyama Press | 9781927668757 | February 2020
“Addresses the chaotic place where sports, capitalism, and anti-blackness meet.”—Guttermouth

The Bishop’s Bedroom
Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston | New Vessel Press | 9781939931740 | November 2019

“Sensual and melancholy in equal measure, The Bishop’s Bedroom is also a beautifully observed book.”—Afar

Safari Honeymoon
Jesse Jacobs | Koyama Press | 9781927668047 | June 2014
Crawl Space
Jesse Jacobs | Koyama Press | 9781927668412 | May 2017
By This Shall You Know Him
Jesse Jacobs | Koyama Press | 9780986873980 | May 2012
“Probably, each of Jesse Jacobs’s five creations are comic books, though their standalone natures (and hifalutin levels of creativity) suggest they might be called “graphic novellas” or some such. Whatever their genre or format, each is a standalone bit of delicious storytelling that takes–for this reader, anyway–roughly the length of an album to intake, at least for the first time. . . . Passing by with the effortless ease of self-contained storytelling in any medium, there’s plenty to return to later in all of them.”—Aquarium Drunkard

Columbus Noir
Andrew Welsh-Huggins | Akashic Books | 9781617757655 | March 2020
“Femmes fatales, shady clubs and antiheroes: all the elements are here in Columbus Noir, a satisfying collection of 14 stories by some of Ohio’s best authors.”—Akron Beacon Journal

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