This Week’s Reviews

Big Bad
Whitney Collins | Sarabande Books | 9781946448729 | March 2021

“Not a word is wasted in Big Bad, an unusual and masterful collection of short stories.”—Foreword Reviews, starred review
“Offbeat, high-concept worldbuilding.”—Publishers Weekly

The Witch of Eye
Kathryn Nuernberger | Sarabande Books | 9781946448705 | February 2021
“Drawing connections to contemporary social justice issues, philosophy, and feminism, poet and essayist Nuernberger relates a social history of so-called witches across centuries and the globe. In brief, lyrical retellings, she profiles women including Walpurga Hausmännin, a midwife executed for witchcraft in 16th-century Bavaria, and Maria Gonçalves Cajada, convicted of sorcery in 17th-century colonial Brazil. Their stories become a lens on Nuernberger’s own experiences, whether as simple as a walk in the forest, as disturbing as a visit to the Prague Museum of Torture, or as personal as her wedding.”—Publishers Weekly

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Caribbean Fragoza | City Lights Publishers | 9780872868335 | March 2021
“Fierce and feminist, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is a soul-quaking literary force.”—Foreword Reviews

Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis | New Vessel Press | 9781939931900 | February 2021
“Russia’s repeated use of toxins to kill dissidents and civilians on foreign soil is the theme of Sergei Lebedev’s new novel. Written in Russian and translated by Antonia W Bouis, it focuses on Prof Katilin, a chemist who spent decades helping the Soviet Union develop undetectable poisons. Now he is living in Western Europe, but blows his cover out of guilt after his handiwork is used to murder Western agents. Then, two assassins are sent to silence him.”—Crime Fiction Lover

Charles Lambert | Aardvark Bureau/Gallic | 9781910709498 | January 2021

“Death hovers over this powerful novel …Lambert deftly combines psychological realism with romance…We are left at the end with the feeling that Jeremy may just pull off what Lambert has done so brilliantly in telling the “horror story” of the Eldritch family romance and the son’s prodigal life.”—Gay and Lesbian Review

Ancestry of Objects
Tatiana Ryckman | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050253 | September 2020
“This quick novella recalls elements of weird Suburban melodrama . . . with a biting feminist urgency of disassociated subject. . . . Ryckman’s prose is spare, occasionally moving into ironic detachment, and deadpan commentary. . . . Ryckman delivers a virtuoso study in erotics: alluring, heavy throated, and weirdly sad.”—Entropy Magazine

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