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If you’ve ever had any interest in Ukraine, than look no further than Sophie Pinkham’s recent debut, Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine (W.W. Norton & Company). This book is no mere accounting of current events. It is a beautifully rendered illustration of life in modern Ukraine that intertwines historical and cultural facts through the
I’m daydreaming about a white box truck. And look, it has just pulled into my driveway. It could be the very one they talked about last night on the news, the one we’re supposed to watch out for and worry about. Except, on the side of this truck there’s a picture of a horse, a
The Office has nothing on Debbie Graber’s inventive, piercing collection Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday (Unnamed Press). The title character, Kevin Kramer, is the new Senior Vice President of the Products Profit center at Production Solutions. He has worked hard for all his success, perfected the non-clammy handshake, and speaks “corporate” like a second language.
The small town of Shelk has a problem, one of the oldest. When visitors show up on the town’s metaphorical doorstep, break-ins begin occurring. Family heirlooms go missing, along with food and small trinkets. The townspeople can feel something hovering, ominous and unstoppable. Main characters Stella and Ramsy watch as people they’ve known for years
In the opening pages of Kaitlyn Greenidge’s fascinating debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), we meet the Freemans at a moment of uncertain change. They’re a loving family that has developed idiosyncratic ways of communicating with one another. Sisters Charlotte and Callie share a constant secretive back-and-forth of sign language. Their mother
At thirty-six, Kyung is beginning to accept the possibility that his fortunes will never change. It bewilders him, though, how he followed his father’s example, but produced such different results. From an early age, he was led to believe that if he studied hard and worked even harder, he’d eventually be rewarded for his efforts.