Fast-paced, with a strong protagonist. Female-centered, including a queer character. Fabiola stays true to her values and spiritual beliefs as a young Haitian immigrant while navigating her new life in Detroit. Love the elements of magic realism and Haitian Vodou. [Tanya]
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I think often of my diasporic body and seek work that deals with the same: questions of home, problems of language-and-or-lack-thereof, memory, longing, survival, salt. I have a professed interest in translation (both works in and theory of), and a penchant for words that begin with p. Partial to: declarations from those in the margins, short stories, speculative fiction and worlds a touch absurd, Alejandra Pizarnik, Ocean Vuong, Anne Carson, Octavia E. Butler, Clarice Lispector.
These eight short stories revolve around women, and the violence visited upon women's bodies. The first, "The Husband Stitch," (finalist for the Nebula and Shirley Jackson awards), is a total knockout. The collection is sexy and dark, with elements of fable, horror, comedy, and science fiction. Very queer. Really, it's all those things and it feels as timely as ever. [Tanya]
If you don't know the razor clam, do you even PNW? This is a delightful read that digs deep into the Siliqua patula, including lore, recipes, and the bivalve's role in our state's identity. The only thing that digs deeper? You, after you've read this book, with shovel in hand, on a freezing Washington beach, ready to clam. [Tanya]
1/2 cocktail recipes, 1/2 feminist history, 1/2 puns... wait, did I do that math right? This book "will make you want to smash the patriarchy-and get smashed while you're doing it." One Ursula K. Le Gimlet for me, please. [Tanya]
Bao Phi is best known as a poet, Thi Bui as a cartoonist: their talents together create this gentle, poignant, multilayered tale, gorgeously rendered. This simple refugee story is enlivened with confident lines and soft washes, skillfully told as only a poet could. [Tanya]