Roxane Gay pulls no punches in her brutal debut novel. Mireille Duval Jameson, daughter to one of the richest men in Haiti, is kidnapped and held for 13 terrifying days while her father refuses to pay her kidnappers. Violent and visceral, An Untamed State dares you to look away, knowing that you won’t be able to put it down.
A complex and imaginative dystopian tale, On Such a Full Sea is about Fan, a fish-tank diver who lives in B-Mor, a work colony formerly known as Baltimore. When the man she loves disappears, Fan leaves the safety of B-Mor to find him. You’ll be drawn into Chang-rae Lee’s depiction of a ruined America, and its systems of class and power that feel alien yet all too recognizable.
Preparation for the Next Life is a powerful love story, both tender and brutal, about a troubled Iraq War veteran and a Chinese Muslim immigrant who meet in New York. Atticus Lish writes with beauty, striking attention to detail, and painful honesty about life on the margins of America — about the people we don’t see, the places we don’t go.
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