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James W. Fuerst

PhD, MFA, is a Nuyorican author and scholar whose books include Huge: a novel (Crown/Three Rivers Press, 2009) and New World Postcolonial: The Political Thought of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). He is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, where he teaches fiction and literature.

Rone Shavers’s Silverfish

Rone Shavers’s debut novel Silverfish is a lively, intelligent, and ambitious book, and refreshingly difficult to categorize. It is an experimental work that combines elements of sci-fi, dystopian, and war fiction with linguistic and literary theory, intertextuality and metacommentary, multiple perspectives and voices, social criticism and satire—all of which is injected with pace and humor and firmly grounded in an Afrofuturistic stance.

Carmen Maria Machado: In the Dream House

The subject matter of her memoir, however, is vastly different: it centers on the passionate same-sex relationship between the author in her mid-twenties and another young woman that quickly turned sour and became abusive. The eponymous Dream House, the author informs us, is neither a Hollywood set nor a narrative prop, but rather an actual place—the idyllic-seeming home that Machado and her lover shared in Bloomington, Indiana—as well as a “haunted house” where “metaphors abound.”

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OCT 2020

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