The beauty of Open City lies in what is left unsaid. Teju Cole's protagonist glides through New York City detached and coolly academic. Julius only briefly hints at his difficult, at times unsettling Nigerian past. Always calculated, rational, and well-read, Julius keeps the reader guessing. Echoes of Sebald, Coetzee, and Kafka. Lofty comparisons, but this novel is excellent.
An astounding book of poetry. Each chapter uses a different vowel. In using only one vowel per chapter, Bok really illuminates the weird, wonderful personalities each letter. An excellent achievement in experimental poetry.
Chang Rae-Lee is one of my favorite contemporary fiction writers. This novel is his best, in my opinion. Fascinating diasporic literature disguised as a 'secret agent' novel. An unforgiving look into the beauties and tragedies of Henry Park's life. Restrained yet moving, I love this novel.
An incredible acheivement in postmodern poetry/art. A Victorian novel painted, collaged, and highlighted to create an entirely new work. Take a look inside this one. It's beautiful and highly readable.
Kapil intended to write a large work on the higher incidence of schizophrenia in South Asian emigrants. Instead, she threw the ntoebook into her garden, let it sit through the winter, recovered the decayed, fragmented notes, and published the remnants in this moving book of poetry.