This year’s debut fiction roundup features emerging writers Zinzi Clemmons, Hala Alyan, Jess Arndt, Lisa Ko, and Diksha Basu.
We return to certain novels not only to be enchanted and inspired, to be transported out of ourselves, but also to know ourselves more deeply.
Following the acclaim of his debut poetry collection, Ocean Vuong found power in imagination and freedom in embellishment and wrote a stunningly original novel: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
In all of her writing, including five books, most recently the novel Lost Children Archive,Valeria Luiselli grapples with enormous questions about immigration, incarceration, and the invented spaces of language and identity.
A conversation between two best-selling authors turns into an impromptu master class in fiction under a canopy of leaves in southwestern Virginia.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart and Perennial by Kelly Forsythe.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Sick by Porochista Khakpour and Sons of Achilles by Nabila Lovelace.
A defense of books that whisper in an increasingly noisy world.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including The Dream of Reason by Jenny George.
Novelists Caroline Leavitt and Jonathan Evison discuss the books that just didn’t work.