In our afternoon reading: notes on books by Cynan Jones and Amy Rose Spiegel, an interview with Phil Klay, and more.
There’s a lot happening in Dryland, Sara Jaffe’s debut novel. It follows several months in the life of Julie, a high school student in the early 1990s, as she struggles with the legacy of her absent brother, an acclaimed competitive swimmer; becomes increasingly aware of her own sexuality; and takes up swimming herself. It’s an impressive work, and one that moves well from the naturalistic to the dreamlike and back again. I spoke with Jaffe about the novel, her writing […]
September brings with it a whole lot of highly-anticipated books. Some are the conclusions to series that are long in the works; others are debuts; still others are insightful looks at literature and history. What follows are some of the books we’re most excited about for the month that’s just begun.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Jesmyn Ward, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Alexandra Kleeman; an excerpt from Sara Jaffe’s novel; new music from Antibodies; and more.