Sam's Fiction Picks

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Tuesday or September or the End By Hannah Black, Anika Sabin (Editor) Cover Image
By Hannah Black, Anika Sabin (Editor)
$25.00
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ISBN: 9781734656237
Published: Capricious Publishing - May 10th, 2022

A radically odd novella about waiting for the old world to die so that the new world may be born.


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Monkey Boy By Francisco Goldman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157676
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Published: Grove Press - May 3rd, 2021

A vivid, aching work of autofiction. Frankie Goldberg (the author's fictionalized self) struggles under the weight of loneliness, history, and cultural memory after years spent away from home as a journalist documenting political violence in Guatemala and Mexico.


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Milk Blood Heat By Dantiel W. Moniz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158154
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Published: Grove Press - February 2nd, 2021

A collection of consistently surprising and moving stories about desire, loss, and regret. Dantiel Moniz molds her characters with both generosity and cunning, exposing complicated weaknesses and contradictions under a harsh light.


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Temporary (Emily Books) By Hilary Leichter Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895668
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 3rd, 2020

The surreal voyage of a woman who shapeshifts through a procession of temporary employment opportunities. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll observe the psychic damage of precarity filtered through a sieve of absurdism.


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Gold Diggers: A Novel By Sanjena Sathian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984882035
Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

Tells an urgent yet witty story about status, assimilation, and generational pressure within a hyper-ambitious Indian-American community in the Atlanta exurbs. Sanjena Sathian writes with an agile intimacy that dances from laughter to dread to tenderness and back again. The most elementally powerful moments in this novel took me completely by surprise.


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Earthlings By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802157010
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

A captivating novel about a woman's intense, deadening feelings of alienation from society that mutate into something far more eerie and disturbing. Be warned: some parts will turn your stomach.


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The Knockout Queen: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Rufi Thorpe Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780525567295
Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021

In many coming-of-age stories, the teenager's inevitable "loss of innocence" is crystallized in a discrete event, suggesting an idyllic before and a corrupted after. For the youth in The Knockout Queen, the presence of violence is not suddenly unveiled because it was never particularly veiled to begin with. Rufi Thorpe casts a wary light on the myriad violences of class warfare, of homophobia, of strife within families and friendships, and insists that innocence is always already being lost (and found again). A novel as full of heart as it is unsparing in its appraisal of human heartlessness.


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Memorial: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593087282
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 26th, 2021

Bryan Washington's debut novel is a bluntly contemplative guide through the joys and miseries of love. He pits millennial listlessness against familial drama in gutting and unexpected ways, building worlds of feeling within his characters' silences.


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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525537212
Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

Two newly orphaned siblings struggle to survive in the waning days of the Gold Rush in the western United States. The duo must reckon with the ghosts of their family history and the cruel whims of a hostile wilderness as they search for a place to belong. By the final pages I was completely heartbound to these characters, thanks to the overflowing tenacity and humanity with which debut novelist C Pam Zhang has shaped them.


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Weather (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jenny Offill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806901
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Published: Vintage - January 19th, 2021

If you are anything like me, then you might have trouble expressing in plain language the existential anxiety/dread that fills you when you consider the looming global climate crisis. Jenny Offill has found words for us. This is the story of a woman who, like all of us, must live, love and find purpose while coming to terms with the dying world around her. A beautiful reckoning, communicated in fragments.


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Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World By Lucy Ives Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593763909
Published: Soft Skull - May 7th, 2019

My favorite novel of 2019. Two unlikely friends -- one rendered mute by self-loathing, the other overconfident to the point of sociopathy -- fake their way to social and intellectual prestige at an elite Midwestern creative writing program using a single composite alias. Lucy Ives plumbs philosophical questions of authenticity, creativity, and fellowship with equal amounts profundity and irreverence. Novels never make me laugh out loud, but this one really did.


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A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel By Marlon James Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

One of my favorite novels of all time. Part Scarface-grade crime saga, part ghost story, part postcolonial manifesto. Pulpy, profound, and so, so bad-ass.


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The Spud By Brielle Brilliant Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781943888160
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Published: Featherproof Books - November 6th, 2018

Usually, when a book is described as "cinematic," it's meant to mean that the book is grand and flashy like a Hollywood blockbuster. The Spud is a cinematic novella of a differend breed: less Spielberg, more Korine or Malick. It bursts with fragmented and overlapping images, emotions, and perspectives.


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

A young woman puts herself through a dangerously escalating regimen of self-medication in order to overcome her ennui. A darkly entertaining work of 21st century social satire, recommended reading for misanthropes.


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The Sellout: A Novel By Paul Beatty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250083258
Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

Despite this book's widespread acclaim as a work of 'satire', Paul Beatty has interestingly rebuked the term in multiple interviews. In any case, The Sellout is caustically funny and a hard shove into the closet where America keeps its skeletons.


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Census: A Novel By Jesse Ball Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062676146
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

A widower, struck with sickness and caring for a son with Down's Syndrome, abandons his previous life to travel an ethereal countryside as a census-taker. This novel is full of bittersweet truths about family, grief, and responsibility. A quiet treasure.


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A Personal Matter By Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan (Translator) Cover Image
By Kenzaburo Oe, John Nathan (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780802150615
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Published: Grove Press - January 13th, 1994

A troubled and troubling man, utterly terrified of the responsibilities of fatherhood, escapes into a spree of self-destructive behavior. It took me months after finishing this book to fully process it; Kenzaburo Oe can write in a way that ricochets between happiness and hate, between humor and horror, with jarring speed and violence.


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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

One of my favorite novels of all time. An unassuming undergrad goes to extreme lengths to keep the hyper-intellectual friends he's made at college. Magnificent imagery, confounding characters, and MURDER!


White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Don DeLillo, Richard Powers (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Don DeLillo, Richard Powers (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143105985
Published: Penguin Classics - December 29th, 2009

Tenth of December: Stories By George Saunders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984255
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jesse Ball Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911754
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

Dancer: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) By Colum McCann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250051790
Published: Picador Modern Classics - June 2nd, 2015

Song of Solomon (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400033423
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Clockers: A Novel By Richard Price Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780312426187
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008