by DOREEN THIERAUF Restless Books, June 2016, 160 pp. Originally written in Spanish (2012) and masterfully translated into English by David Frye, Super Extra Grande is a genre-bending space opera as original and erudite as its author, a hair metal … Continued
by SAM BEDNARCHIK St. Louis, MO: Dorothy, a publishing project, 2017. 215 pp. By my roughly crunched count, Leonora Carrington’s complete literary output totals just over 600 pages of writing. Her Complete Stories, reissued by Dorothy in a beautiful book … Continued
by BEN MURPHY Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2016. Brian Evenson’s collection A Collapse of Horses is an experiment in incomprehension. That’s not to say that the narratives themselves are incomprehensible; rather, each of the thirteen stories depicts failures to understand. … Continued
by SAMUEL BEDNARCHIK New York City: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Riding a wave of glowing advance buzz, Jade Chang’s debut novel The Wangs vs. The World appeared on bookshelves in early October. Chang’s novel has been deservedly praised for its … Continued
REVIEWED by DOREEN THIERAUF
Hurry Please I Want to Know is Paul Griner’s second short story collection, following the release of his third novel, Second Life, in early 2015. This eclectic yet wonderfully coherent collection proves once again Griner’s acute grasp of the complex and slippery emotions leading from gladness to mourning. Throughout, his characters take the reader on rich and elegiac journeys, each of only a few moments’ duration.