You’d be hard-pressed to find a young writer sharper, more honest and more ruthless than Gurba in 2017.

That’s where the characters of “The Book of Wonders” find themselves: falling to pieces in one way or another and trying to rebuild on a cracked foundation.

Grudova is too smart to disgust her readers without a purpose. Every harrowing description, every piece of brutal body horror has a clear focus. At its core, this is a book about the danger and existential panic contained within women’s bodies. It’s a vivid externalization of female pain and anger.

Daniel Alarcón

Alarcón builds an innocent setting that invites the reader to lovingly study it and contemplate its deeper meaning long after the book is closed.

Her nickname was literally 'the Poet of the People,' and it isn’t very hard to see why.

Stryker, a writer and activist who specializes in developing consent culture in alternative communities, argues against the rhetoric of sex positivity or negativity in favor of a “sex critical” attitude.


In “We Were Eight Years in Power,” Coates establishes a pattern of explaining an argument as fully possible, then challenging it at every turn in order to see whether or not it holds up to scrutiny.

It would be a mistake to confuse her preference for simple, everyday subjects with an inability to cope with complexity and ambiguity; Giovanni is able to sit comfortably at the midline between light and dark, hope and hopelessness.


'In the Midst of Winter' shows Allende at the top of her form, applying her brilliant, sensory prose to a whirlwind of destinations in the Americas, from the gray streets of Santiago to a small indigenous village in Guatemala, a New York City snowstorm to bright, boisterous Rio de Janeiro.

And as a result, it’s a beautiful book — honest and clear, funny and sad, painful to read at times and gorgeous at others.