Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

Staff Pick

The poet’s first novel follows Cyrus Shams as he struggles to find his place in the world. After the passing of his Iranian parents--first his mother in a plane crash, then his father after years toiling on a chicken farm--the protagonist is trying to figure out how death can be meaningful. Akbar transfers his lyricism to gorgeous prose, creating characters harboring their own complicated stories. It’s a book brimming with ideas and bizarre dreams of the poetry of martyrdom. 

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ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

Staff Pick

This Booker nominee takes its cues from Orwell and Atwood but centers its dystopia on the domestic, following Eilish Stack's efforts to keep her husband and four children together as a new police state attempts to tear them all apart. Rather than watching countries dissolve and refugees flee from the comfort of armchairs, here Lynch explores what happens when these upheavals happen on our doorstep. With sparse punctuation that gives the prose an extra charge, he makes this prospect terrifyingly beautiful. 

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ISBN: 9780802163011
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - December 5th, 2023

The Clementine Complex by Bob Mortimer

Staff Pick

The British comic's first foray into fiction will make you wonder why he's waited until now to do so: his trademark surrealist humor lends itself perfectly to this noirish tale that follows plain old Gary Thorn as he juggles various Roald Dahl-esque characters while also caught up in police and murder corruption--not to mention an infatuation with the mysterious Clementine. From conversations with squirrels to feeding repair men dog biscuits, this wonderful little caper sets itself apart from standard crime narratives with an absurdist humor that will crack you up from the get-go.



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ISBN: 9781668024164
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 5th, 2023