PositiveBooklistIn this exemplary debut, Han explores childhood trauma and the impact words and silence can have on both building and harming relationships. He writes with sensitivity and tenderness, allowing his fully fleshed-out characters to take on lives of their own and tell their heartbreaking perspectives directly to readers. Readers will be gripped by this beautiful debut.
RaveBooklistYang’s dark, spellbinding debut gives insight into the immigrant experience and life in the upper class, challenging the stereotypes and perceptions associated with both. The surprising twists, elegant prose, and complex characters in this coming-of-age story make this a captivating read.
Hiroko Oyamada, tr. David Boyd
PositiveBooklist[A] fantastical story, as translated by David Boyd, in which increasingly bizarre illusions blend into reality, with a reclusive adult at the center. Oyamada unsettles readers, not allowing us to remain comfortable in the reality she creates, which makes for a beguiling read.
PositiveBooklist... sure to tug on heartstrings ... In this highly satisfying collection, Nye’s characters struggle to be seen and understood, but he reminds readers that love can overcome all.
RaveBooklist... stunning ... With beautiful lyrical prose, Serizawa presents a powerful and heartbreaking look into the ways war, colonization, and loss affect not only the survivors, but the generations that inherit these stories.
RaveBooklistThorpe...writes with savage poignancy as she explores identity, adolescent friendship, and the insatiable longing for intimacy. Her novel is devastatingly honest, her characters vulnerable, and her readers will be spellbound.
Ge Yan, Dorothy Tse, Chan Chi Wa, Si'an Chen, Enoch Tam, Hui Zhu, Ed. by CJ Evans and Sarah Coolidge
RaveBooklistWith enthralling and precise language, this first book in Two Lines Press’ Calico series of collected translated literature impresses ...This collection of speculative Chinese fiction is compelling and provocative, exploring the thin line between reality and absurdity.
PositiveBooklistLacey\'s quietly provocative novel is brilliantly composed ... She shines a light on how complicated people are and the dangers of judging others based on appearance, as Pew’s ambiguity reveals the true nature of the novel’s characters.
RaveBooklist... beautifully crafted ... These stories have a quiet brilliance in their raw portrayal of the struggle to find meaning in difficult times and to belong in a foreign place. Thammavongsa writes with an elegance that is both brutal and tender, giving her stories and their characters a powerful voice.
RaveBooklist...[a] stunning debut ... Chang portrays early adulthood with elegance and an offbeat humor that complements her poignant and deeply significant observations of life as a woman of color. She explores the struggle to be free in an oppressive society with incredible insight and clear, captivating prose that set her apart as a striking new voice in literature.
PositiveBooklistZancan weaves together an extraordinary story peopled by fascinating characters who are not easily forgotten. She explores the communal process of literary production and creates a palpable tension between creation and destruction that will keep readers engaged.
Sok Fong Ho, Trans. by Natascha Bruce
PositiveBooklistFong’s critical and surreal prose will engage readers interested in soft magical realism and compelling imagery.
Veronica Raimo Trans. by Stash Luczkiw
PositiveBooklistItalian author Raimo’s English-language debut digs deep into a web of sex, scandal, and perception. Through the anonymity of her characters, Raimo beautifully portrays the effect language itself has on creating reality, and how labels can create doubt about the people and situations we think we know. In an age when the scandals of powerful and political figures are being exposed, this is both timely and merciless in its provocative presentation.
PositiveBooklist... both provocative and thrilling ... Armfield’s collection is exemplary as she pushes the limits of reality into beautifully eerie and unsettling worlds. She blends elements of horror, science fiction, mythology, and feminism in a way that is sure to shock and amaze readers of short fiction.
R. L. Maizes
PositiveBooklist... a terrific collection ... through her fantastic characters, all outsiders in some way, Maizes masterfully intertwines harsh realities with humor and a deep understanding of human nature.
RaveBooklistThough this is a story about loss, Hartnett manages to bring humor and absurdity into it without losing focus through Elvis’ heartbreakingly honest voice. This is a truly terrific and original novel about grief, family, and finding hope in the aftermath.
PositiveBooklistEscoria here delivers a coming-of-age novel about teenage life and mental illness that’s also an explosive work of autofiction. With bold honesty, she tells an unforgettable story that’s unhindered by romanticism in its unabashed portrayal of Juliet’s darkest struggles.
PositiveBooklistButler...is a master of satire ... Her darkly hilarious novel vividly captures contemporary American life and will keep readers addicted to the end.
RaveBooklistThe power of these fierce young women shines in spite of their circumstances, and they prove just how beautiful and influential a strong, unconditionally accepting community is. Subramanian is a remarkable writer whose vibrant words carry a lot of heart. This inspiring novel is sure to draw in readers with its lyrical prose and endearing characters.
Han Kang, Trans. by Deborah Smith
RaveBooklistThrough these beautifully crafted snapshots, Kang uses language to attempt to transcend the different stages of grief and pain. She explores the dichotomies of black and white, life and death, and the pristine and tragic symbolism that runs between them. Kang’s masterful voice is captivating and nothing short of brilliant.
PositiveBooklistLos Angeles Times editor Lapidos’ literary prowess is evident in this brilliantly witty and humorous debut. The novel’s layers explore the dangers of interpretation and the varying perceptions of one’s, and others’, intentions, all of which come together to make a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Kim Sagwa, trans. by Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton
RaveBooklist\"Award-winning Korean author Kim’s first novel to be translated into English is a powerful portrayal of teenage angst, confusion, and the surmounting pressures on Korean teens to achieve. Her poignant and very detailed exploration of the complex and unstable emotions of adolescence will keep readers rapt until the end.\
RaveBooklistHobson’s debut novel is packed with complex relationships and a torrent of emotions as she lifts the highly composed veil from a seemingly put-together, affluent family and brilliantly exposes the lust and betrayal behind their palatial walls. The intricacies of Hobson’s characters and her exceptional new voice will keep readers riveted.
PositiveBooklist\"Readers will be drawn to Lacey’s rhythmic, reflective prose and the stories she tells, which are filled with affecting emotional complexity just at the point of bursting.\
PositiveBooklist OnlineTan’s first novel is beautiful and compassionate as it explores how identity is reinvented and the importance of confronting the past to move into the future.
Paolo Cognetti, Trans. by Simon Carnell
PositiveBooklistWinner of the Strega Prize, Italy’s highest literary honor, Cognetti’s novel elegantly paints the terrifyingly beautiful landscape of the mountains at the heart of a brotherly friendship that proves to transcend anything.
RaveBooklistWith poignant imagery and a fresh voice, Lazarin portrays these women honestly and relatably. Her exceptional craftsmanship speaks to the heart, as she paints these tales with empathy and a compassion that extends to all humankind.
Yan Lianke, Trans. by Carlos Rojas
RaveBooklistThe Years, Months, Days, winner of the Lu Xun Literary Prize, is the magnificent story of an elderly man’s decision to remain in his village during a terrible drought to raise a single corn seed ... Lianke paints vivid scenes of desolate circumstances with an incredible mastery of words and control of his imagery. His masterpieces are sure to engage readers.
RaveBooklistEleven brilliant stories showcase childhood, adolescence, marriage, and families and how the appearances of these events and relationships in life can hide the strangeness and emptiness that pervade beneath the surface ... She unpacks these situations with thoughtful diction and complex characters, and her subdued and controlled language sets what is unsaid at the fore, unveiling hope, despair, and the paradoxes that are often ignored in such close relationships. Fridlund’s intelligent and conversational voice impressively manipulates the emotional atmosphere of her stories and will draw readers deep into exploring these seemingly commonplace topics even after they’ve put the book down.