In our weekend reading: reviews of books by Leslie Jamison and Bud Smith, translation award winners, and more.
In Vendela Vida’s fiction, traveling to distant destinations often forces characters to confront that which they’ve buried deeply within themselves: horrific family secrets, trauma and conflict that lurks just below the surface. Her new novel, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, follows an American woman who travels to Casablanca for reasons that become clear over the course of the book. Through deft use of the second person, Vida explores her protagonist’s shifting identity, and the course of actions that she undertakes […]
The month of June brings with it a widely varied host of literature. If you’re in the mood for literary fiction from some of the most adept practitioners of it, you’re going to be pretty well taken care of. Perhaps you’re searching for work from a cult writer that’s only recently re-entered the spotlight? Some of these books fall into this category as well. From surreal, disorienting fiction to explorations of spaces familiar and historic, these books offer plenty for […]