Coming in April from The Rumpus Book Clubs


We’re very excited about our selections for April, and we hope that you will be as well. Maybe so excited that if you aren’t a member yet, you’ll become one. (Also, a book club subscription makes a great gift. Seriously.)

On the fiction side, we’ll be reading Julie Iromuanya’s debut novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, about which Margot Livesey writes, “[i]n the tradition of Andre Dubus’s House of Sand and Fog, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor is a heartbreakingly complicated story of leaving one culture and never fully entering another. A splendid debut.” We’ll be chatting with Julie Iromuanya at the end of April (date TBD).

In poetry, we’ll be reading the latest collection from Honorée Jeffers, titled The Glory Gets, about which Kwame Dawes writes, “Jeffers reminds us that very often ‘catharsis is not healing.’ Her poems—about lynching, lost love, racism, the challenges of being a black woman—are never simple, formless rants or indulgent confessionals, but witty, intelligent and sophisticated examinations of very complex issues. The collection is a wonderful wisdom book that is openly vulnerable, uncertain, and yet full of remarkable grace.”

And if you join the book clubs now, you can still receive the March books! The fiction book club is reading In the Circus of You, an illustrated novel-in-verse by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross, and the poetry book club is reading Anne Marie Macari’s Red Deer.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →