Book Reviews

Four Reincarnations

Four Reincarnations

Four Reincarnations, by Max Ritvo. Milkweed Editions, 2016. 96 pages, $15.

At just twenty-five, Max Ritvo leaves behind a small but incredibly accomplished body of work in his debut collection, Four Reincarnations. Ritvo fought a long battle with …

The Absolute Gravedigger

The Absolute Gravedigger

The Absolute Gravedigger, by Vítězslav Nezval. Translated from the Czech by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická. Twisted Spoon Press, October 2016. $23, 214 pages.

Vítězslav Nezval (1900-1958) dreamt of changelings; he saw mutations where others saw stability. Square-faced and …

small, fierce things

small, fierce things

small, fierce things, by lj moore. Achiote Press, 2015. $12

While it might be a stretch to call the short stories, vignettes, flash fictions, and drawings in lj moore’s small, fierce things fables, fables nevertheless provide a useful lens …

Speak Gigantular

Speak Gigantular

Speak Gigantular, by Irenosen Okojie. Jacaranda Books, 2016. $11, 201 pages.

It is rare to come across a new book where the story or stories told are familiar, but cast in an genuinely uneasy light—one that unsettles while managing to …

Chenoo: A Novel

Chenoo: A Novel

Chenoo: A Novel, by Joseph Bruchac. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. 224 pages, $17.

The detective novel has always been about the investigation for truth, built upon a narrative that seeks to uncover hidden meanings. Acclaimed Abenaki storyteller Joseph …

Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root, by Lee Meitzen Grue. Alamo Bay Press, 2015. $19, 290 pages.

The New Orleans writer Lee Meitzen Grue is no outsider doing research for a work of fiction, but a local resident whose material has been carefully …