This week we look at books read and reviewed, discover some of the best writing about literature on the blogosphere and highlight fascinating features from across the Internet.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s novel is a grim story of loneliness, isolation and unhappiness, played out between London and New York.
Crimson is a tale of love, lust, despondency and queer life in modern Greenland.
A powerful novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.
Young Silvie, along with her mother and abusive father, are in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experiential archaeology. Sarah Moss’s forthcoming novel has much to say about female affinity and friendship.
A dark but highly amusing coming-of-age story, which encompasses sexuality, mental health, class, religion and contemporary politics. Caoilinn Hughes has written a stunningly ambitious debut novel.
A deft, dazzling, diligently researched debut about a literary icon and his beautiful, wealthy, spoiled Swans.
The story of an unexpected and forbidden love affair that developed between America’s First Lady and a well-known female journalist.
This debut collection from Roxane Gay is a unique blend of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, all interwoven to represent the Haitian diaspora experience.
Cassara’s novel follows the often complicated lives of several homogeneous characters from House of Xtravaganza, one of the most famous and enduring ‘drag houses’ of New York.
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection has marked her out as an effervescent talent in fermentation.
A heart-warming and original short story.