By Will Chancellor
FEB 2021 | Fiction
This month were pleased to publish an excerpt from Vesna Marics The President Shop. The novels backdrop is an allegorical country, The Nation, steeped in tyranny, but the focus is on the human rather than the trappings of propaganda. I was struck by the young woman, Mona, decoding the timelessness thats always present, even as we pass through moments that are consciously historic. Symbology, by Betsy M. Narváez, abounds in images, meanings, dreams, and visions. Here, theres no official, waking world, little external at all. Narváez gives us resonant moments over coffee of a mother and a daughter unpuzzling the language of dreams. Were also tremendously fortunate to have Maisy Card stepping in as co-editor of the fiction section of the Brooklyn Rail. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, masterfully courses through the history of a family while communicating the texture and hunger of life as it was lived.
MARCH 2021 | Fiction
This month, we bring you two works that explore the isolating effects of grief.
In her short story “To the Sea,” Sharon Adarlo uses magical realism to explore the way a tragic event can change us. The protagonist at the center is so consumed by her grief after the death of her child that she must endure a kind of supernatural growth to overcome it.
Beatriz Bracher structures novelsAntonio is the second of her four novels to be translated into English and published by New Directionsaround the peculiarities of narrative: uncertain recollections, overlooked characters, and crucial details hidden in plain sight. This novels central character, Benjamim, father to the titular Antonio, seeks the details of his own fathers life. But rather than follow Benjamim on the case, we're reading the fragments he collects. As readers, were substitute-detectives sorting through the accounts of three narrators and pinning our own red thread to the evidence.