Dogs of Summer, by Andrea Abreu

Staff Pick

Much like summer itself, Abreu’s debut novel is so engrossing that when the end comes, you'll wonder where the time went. Capturing the intimacy of friendships in a visceral way--one reminiscent of Ferrante, but with a certain playfulness about it--this coming-of-age tale keeps its emotions close to the chest, resulting in an almost claustrophobic tone that keeps the reader on edge. Abreu is especially adept at portraying the sometimes very thin line between the platonic and the erotic often experienced in the early, formative years of a life.


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By Andrea Abreu, Julia Sanches (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781662601590
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Published: Astra House - August 2nd, 2022

Bonsai, by Alejandro Zambra

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Appearing in a new translation by his frequent collaborator, Megan McDowell, Zambra's first book--a moving tale of two lovers who find solace in literature and in each other--offers abundant evidence of the literary skills that have since won their talented author a place in the pantheon of critically acclaimed contemporary writers.         


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By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143136507
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Published: Penguin Books - August 2nd, 2022

The English Understand Wool, by Helen Dewitt

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DeWitt’s novella, like her previous fiction, is full of literary tricks and surprises. It focuses on a young woman raised in Marrakech, whose upper-class parents, to be sure she isn't corrupted by mauvais ton (bad taste), raise her in a bubble of servants, instructors, and tailors drawn from all over the world. Consequently, when a life-altering event throws her off balance, Dewitt's protagonist has only the tools her family gave her to try to navigate her difficulties.This short work is classic DeWitt, offering one more reason why she's one of the most exciting writers working today.

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ISBN: 9780811230070
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022