Peering into window displays at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, and Henri Bendel has, for decades, delivered countless smiles. In The Puzzle King Betsy Carter creates Simon Phelps, a display designer on par with the best Fifth Avenue has to offer.
Its no lie, Oscar H. Bennett can write. His brother lay on the front porch, on the old warped boards, eyes fixed on the bare bulb that hung above him. He was exposed lying there as if he were naked, because that is how it must feel when people can stare at you and you cant stare back.
Black Sharpies and bold lettering accent David Carnoys debut novel, Knife Music. This doctor versus detective thriller belongs on the shelf with Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, or Chuck Hogan. Trauma alerts, cops, and teenagers lace the narrative in a high-pressure mix of empathy, encouragement, and contempt.
Pasha Mallas thirteen-story collection showcases a series of intimate relationships. Theyre not banal boy/girl stories, but rather they play with man/woman, boy/girl, snake/boy, girl/chimp, and machine/man, among other combinations.
From Dubai to Japan to Boston to Brooklyn to Romani Gypsy grandparents, the stories in Anatolia and Other Stories (Black Lawrence) are varied and, conceptually, architected on an intriguing premise. The first story, Dubai, reads like a Malamud folklore legend/Flannery OConnor hybrid.
Mirror mazes, vampires and tuberculosis perfume Derek McCormacks latest. Its contemporary niche fiction leaning experimental, then waxing strange.
Everyone knows a daisy in a desert will die too soon. Tommy smiled anyway. At nine he was the solitary ward of St. Pauls Missionary, in the atrophied village of San Tulta, Mexico.