In our afternoon reading: a review of Marissa Nadler’s new album, new writing by Randa Jarrar and David James Keaton, and more.
It’s October. Halloween lurks at the end of the month; various awards shortlists are appearing on the scene; and the colder weather makes it ideal to curl up indoors–whether at home, a coffee shop, or a bar–with a good book. Thankfully, this month brings with it plenty of notable literary works, from experimental fiction to eagerly-anticipated essay collections. Here’s a look at some of the books due out this month that have our attention.
Radio Iris by Anne-Marie Kinney Two Dollar Radio; 209 p. In the right hands, the outer edges of realism can summon up tension aplenty. Anne-Marie Kinney’s novel Radio Iris has certain basic ingredients that suggest one school of contemporary fiction: it’s largely about the numbing work done by its protagonist, a young woman named Iris, with occasional forays into the life of her equally unfulfilled brother Neil. Reading Radio Iris occasionally reminded me of another standout novel of late: Alexis […]