Book Reviews

Remains

Remains

Remainsby Jesùs Castillo. McSweeney’s, 2016. $20, 109 pages.

Jesùs Castillo’s first full-length poetry collection, Remains, is a stark collage of voice, nature, and the breakdown of culture, a world in which “the bombs had fallen with the majesty …

Wonderland

Wonderland

Wonderland, by Samuel Ligon, with artwork by Stephen Knezovich. Lost Horse Press, 2016. $20, 78 pages.

“Collage-like” is a term that finds an easy home in the short story collection review, but it’s more than well deserved in describing Samuel Ligon’s …

Rant. Chant. Chisme.

Rant. Chant. Chisme.

Rant. Chant. Chisme., by Amalia Ortiz. Wings Press, 2015. $16, 128 pages.

Amalia Ortiz’s debut poetry collection Rant. Chant. Chisme. captures the unapologetic voice and identity of a Chicana living on the Texas-Mexico border. Divided into four sections—Magic Valley …

Wreck & Order

Wreck & Order

Wreck & Order, by Hannah Tennant-Moore. Hogarth, 2016. 304 pages, $17.

 

In Hannah Tennant-Moore’s debut novel Wreck & Order, the narrator Elsie drifts between boyfriends, low-paying publishing jobs, trips abroad, and drinks as she searches for pleasure …