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February Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)

We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast biannual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around). Here’s what we’re looking out for in February: Where I’m Coming From by Barbara Brandon-Croft Drawn & Quarterly has never let me down, and...

The Books That Made My Father

There was much to do after my father died last year, following a prolonged bout with blood cancer. Not just the funeral arrangements but the other logistical matters: ridding my parents’ house of medical supplies, sorting through financial documents. My older sisters immediately set to work, diligently organizing and discarding things at the house in...

How Rachel M. Harper Unravels Her Characters

Rachel M. Harper’s most recent novel, The Other Mother, tells the story of musical prodigy Jenry Castillo as he tries to figure out how he fits into a complicated family. Raised by a single mother in Miami, discoveries about his late father and estranged paternal grandfather explode his world and confront him with questions about race, class, and sexuality....

The William Trevor Reader: “Being Stolen From”

I think, of all the William Trevor stories I’ve read over the last 16 months, “Being Stolen From” is in its way the most Trevor-y. More than any other story, this one distills the main Trevorian operating principles into one piece—maybe more than that, it most clearly articulates what feels like his guiding philosophy of both life and narrative. Put...

Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Hemon, Guns, Harding, and More

Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new release titles from Aleksandar Hemon, Priya Guns, Paul Harding, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep churning out great books coverage? Then become a member today. The World and All That...

Adventures in Not-Writing

One night in 2008, my husband and I arrived late to a dinner party. Dinner was in progress, our empty chairs glaringly vacant, and before I could even sit down, a guest turned around to ask me, “What are you writing?” “Writing?” I replied. I was surprised. In the dream—this was a dream, although of course I didn’t know that until later—it was clear...

Amina Cain Writes Toward Authenticity

A Horse at Night is Amina Cain’s first book of nonfiction, an essayistic rumination on the practice and philosophy of writing. The book mostly focuses on Cain’s own writing life—or, at least, the sort of writing life she would like to have. Throughout A Horse at Night she looks to the fiction of her literary foremothers (Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison,...

John Hendrickson Tells the Truth

Two stutterers walk into a bar.  No, really. John Hendrickson and I arrive at The Library in the East Village on a Sunday afternoon. We wave hello to the bartender and claim a shadowy booth in a tucked-away corner, underneath a projection of the 1958 remake of Dracula. This is the last stop on our tour of John’s old haunts from his salad days...

The William Trevor Reader: “The Time of Year”

Is this the first happy ending in The Collected William Trevor? Looking back through the table of contents, I think it is. Arguably, “Lovers of Their Time” has a happy ending of sorts, with Norman secure in his sense that he’d had one great love affair in his life, though its unclear how seriously we’re meant to take this considering the affair was...

And When She Speaks: On ‘Fire Season’

The central character in Leyna Krow’s debut novel Fire Season is a schoolteacher-turned-prostitute-turned-swindler named Roslyn, who happens to be in possession of certain supernatural abilities. It is 1889 in the frontier town of Spokane Falls. At first, in a stroke of structural genius, Krow hides Roslyn from us in plain sight. She appears in the...

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