In Everything I See Your Hand

The late Naira Kuzmich’s In Everything I See Your Hand is a startling and provocative debut story collection chronicling the lives of Armenian-Americans in Los Angeles, whose stories defy categorization as they subvert our commonly held notions of what it means to seek a “better life” in America. Kuzmich’s characters navigate loss, generational differences, family […]


Shy is Max Porter’s fourth novel, after Grief is a Thing with Feathers and Lonny, both literature with a magical realist spin. Shy, on the other hand, is contemporary literary fiction which focuses inside the mind of the sixteen-year-old protagonist, Shy. His mind is a sort of (dis)organized chaos as he processes through a mountain […]

Shoot the Horses First

Orphan trains. Discovery of new moss species. Anti/love stories across race, ability, and socioeconomic class. Experimental animal blood transfusions. Leah Angstman’s debut short story collection Shoot the Horses First has delightful, and sometimes gruesome, historical fiction gems to entertain and educate about how far we’ve come as a society—and how far we have yet to […]

Pretend It’s My Body

Luke Dani Blue’s debut collection Pretend It’s My Body: Stories places trans and queer people’s experiences at center stage in these stories about identity. They blend features of sci-fi, the surreal, horror, and psychological realism to tell the story of what it means to live in between. One of the great strengths of this collection […]

A New Race of Men from Heaven

In Chaitali Sen’s A New Race of Men from Heaven, stories trade in understatement rather than flash, and it is this quality of restraint that activates their considerable power. Sen’s precise, unadorned sentences leave ample space between the lines, as if to give her characters sufficient room to navigate life’s challenges. Consider Dhruv, the protagonist […]


Photo by Kovid Rathee on Unsplash I. School, and she can’t breathe, and she forgot her inhaler again. She keeps forgetting, can’t keep things straight. Forgot her lunch last week, twice. The inhaler should stay with the nurse, but she needs it so often that she now keeps it in her desk, takes puffs once […]

Love and Other Rituals

Love and Other Rituals is an inspiring story collection that explores a wide range of Filipino characters who are moving through the world trying to understand love and the rituals that come along with it. The stories roam the Philippine Islands from Baguio, a beautiful mountainous area, to the busy streets of Manila and Cebu, […]