Book Reviews

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 …

Gog

Gog

Gogby Brandi George. Black Lawrence Press, 2015. $14, 75 pages.

Gut-wrenching and phantasmagoric, Brandi George’s first full-length poetry collection, Gog, articulates the experience of a young female growing up in an oppressive contemporary rural environment. These poems ask …

Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief, by Laura Mullen. Solid Objects, 2015. $18, 120 pages.

Laura Mullen’s writing, especially her emphasis on genre hybridity, urges readers to face emotional and intellectual discomfort by committing to the (perceived) challenges of reading contemporary poetry and prose.

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The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day, by Yu Hua. Translated by Allan H. Barr. Pantheon Books, 2013. $25, 213 pages.

Yu Hua’s latest novel The Seventh Day opens with an almost apocalyptic first line: “The fog was thick when I left …