Amid the many themes with which this novel grapples, at its core it is a coming-of-age novel about a young girl who must venture out into an unforgiving world alone.

Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones’s “How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir” takes an unflinching look back at a past version of himself; in doing so examining the degrading, paradoxical situations thrust upon gay Black men.

Benedek Totth

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived for my meeting with Benedek Totth. It’s difficult to guess an author’s personality from their work, and doubly so when the work is like Totth’s. The Hungarian author’s 2014 debut, “Dead Heat,” was recently translated into English by Ildikó Noémi Nagy.


It’s easy to appreciate “The Memory Police” for its prose, though not for its plot.

Ames Hawkins

These shifts in style don’t hurt the flow. Like the best anthology records or essay collections, the fast transitions keep each page a surprise.


In their respective halves, Drake and Sin shower the reader with affirmation through their messages of self-love and perseverance.

Colette Fellous

The winding passages are devoid of quotation marks and steeped in poetics, which effectively has the effect of making me feel as though my body was being hit with wave after wave of text, struggling to stay alive and afloat.


The idea of “gifted and talented” programs is nothing new: In fact, I would expect many of the people interested in this article were a part of one in the past.


The plot of the novel is quiet, living more in gestures than arcs.

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