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Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias
“In the America we live in, it’s easy to fall into an us vs. them mentality, even as a critic. It might, as I said earlier, be comforting to draw bright lines between genres or more still between genres and what’s known as serious or “literary” fiction, something Graham Greene was famous for doing with respect to his own work.
Taking Greene’s approach would cause you to conclude that Coyote Songs must be one thing or another: a literary novel, a crime thriller, or a surreal parable about the natures of good and evil, life and death, and even “us” and “them.” But doing this would be a critical failure not only to oneself but to the text and to society. Coyote Songs deserves to be taken seriously as a piece of art and an entertainment. Which, to my mind, has always been the goal every writer should strive for, not to accomplish one thing or the other but to do both, to live that duality through one’s art.”
THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Anagnorisis by Kyle Dargan
Anagnorisis is a book of riveting intimacy and of national significance; a reckoning with this terrifying immediate moment: Trump-times and macho disasters. Yet it is also a book of unsentimental and profound hope in flesh and blood everyday-living people. It is a book of “Dee Cee” and a book of America. Dargan’s words are restrained, matter of fact and yet spell-binding. The landscape, the sound and the rhythm are gorgeous and true. His stories are throat catching. Anagnorisis will endure. Dargan is at once our poet and our poetics."
— Dr. Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem
“Anagnorisis bridges cultures and challenges identities. The poems explore landscapes and take risks. Dargan intentionally provokes mixed reactions with the collection’s political content, content which is satirical, profound, and exact. And all readers will admire Dargan’s ability to challenge differing points of view, via careful use of images, which is paramount to strong poetry."
— Andrew Jarvis, New York Journal of Books
Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez
"This is the short story collection I've been waiting for. Love War Stories arrests the heart with its stunning exploration of women who are put through a kind of hell in their determination to find true love. Hilarious at times even in the midst of the tragic and heartbreaking, Love War Stories is extraordinary. Punto y final."
—Angie Cruz, author of Let It Rain Coffee
"[An] exceptional collection of short stories. . . . Filled with memorable characters and sharp writing, this book will leave you breathless."
"Throughout the collection, Rodriguez’s prose pulls you in, and her characters will stay with you even when the stories are only a few pages long." —BUST
"Both heartbreaking and insightful."
Be With Me Always by Randon Billings Noble
“In her brilliant collection Be with Me Always, Randon Billings Noble explores the frailty of romance, of the human body, and of us all, with startling honesty, admirable ingenuity, genuine insight, and, always, with energy and surprise.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire
“A marvel. These essays are lyrical and innovative. . . . Dracula is a guide to a first love, Robinson Crusoe carries her through pregnancy with twins, Terry Tempest Williams helps her survive a cancer diagnosis, and E. M. Forster and Facebook help her manage the strange faces at her high school reunion. I admire Noble and her essays very much.”
—Ned Stuckey-French, author of The American Essay in the American Century