Alison Stine discusses her new novel, ROAD OUT OF WINTER.
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I couldn’t help but see these women-led stories as missed opportunities. ...more
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These books speak to that desire in all of us to vanish for a spell. ...more
Tags: Amy Gentry, Analicia Sotelo, Aubrie Marrin, Blood and Soap, Caroline Randall Williams, Catherine Chung, Erica Wright, Forgotten Country, Girl in Disguise, Good as Gone, Greer Macallister, Hollywood Homicide, Idra Novey, Incognitum, Kellye Garrett, Linh Dinh, Lucy Negro Redux, Tana French, The Blue Kingfisher, The Likeness, virgin, Ways to Disappear
Rumpus editors share forthcoming books they can’t wait to read!
Tags: 100 Demon Dialogues, A River of Stars, All You Can Ever Know, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, amy fusselman, Anagnorisis, Anna Clark, Ben Marcus, Brood, Catherine Barnett, Catherine Lacey, Certain American States, Choose Your Own Disaster, Citizen Illegal, Confessions of the Fox, Crystal Hana Kim, Dana Schwartz, Everyday People, Fatima Asghar, Freak Kingdom, Friday Black, Heavy: An American Memoir, Homeplace, Human Hours, I Can't Date Jesus, Idiophone, Idra Novey, If They Come for Us, If You Have to Go, If You Leave Me, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Jennifer Baker, John Lingan, Jordy Rosenberg, Josè Olivarez, Kate Atkinson, Katie Ford, Kiese Laymon, Kimberly Lojewski, Kimiko Hahn, kyle dargan, laura van den berg, Love War Stories, Lucy Bellwood, Marcia Douglas, Max Ritvo, Michael Arceneaux, Monument, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Natasha Trethewey, Nicole Chung, Note from the Fog, R. O. Kwon, Rachel Heng, sarah weinman, So Far So Good, Suicide Club, Tana French, Terrance Hayes, The Dakota Winters, The Final Voicemails, The Incendiaries, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, The Poisoned City, The Real Lolita, The Third Hotel, The Witch Elm, This Mournable Body, Thomas Page McBee, Those Who Knew, Timothy Denevi, Tom Barbash, Transcription, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ursula K. Le Guin, vanessa hua, What to Read When, Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart
Rumpus editors suggest some of their favorite summertime reads!
Tags: Abandon Me, Against Memoir, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, alexandria marzano-lesnevich, Alissa Nutting, Analicia Sotelo, beach reads, Ben Gwin, Bethany C. Morrow, Camille Dungy, carmen maria machado, Caroline Moss, Catherine Lacey, celeste ng, Clean Time, Deborah Levy, Diane Seuss, Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You, gillian flynn, Good Bones, Heads of the Colored People, Her Body and Other Parties, Hey Ladies, How to Fall in Love with Anyone, J. M. Ledgard, Jasper Fforde, Jennifer Chang, Juliana Spahr, Julie Buntin, Laura Lippman, Little Fires Everywhere, Love Walked In, Made for Love, Maggie Smith, Mandy Len Catron, Marisa de los Santos, Marlena, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, MEM, Michelle Markowitz, Michelle Tea, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Oceanic, reading recommendations, Samantha Irby, Sarah Sweeney, Sharp Objects, Smith Blue, Some Say the Lark, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Submergence, Sunburn, Swimming Home, Tana French, Tell Me If You're Lying, tessa fontaine, The Answers, The Electric Woman, The Eyre Affair, The Fact of a Body, The Likeness, The Pisces, virgin, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, What to Read When
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, why writing about teenage girls is the most serious thing in the world, and finding truths in fiction. ...more
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Instead of sorting through all the crazy news stories this weekend, we suggest taking a break with some unreliable narrators in a few far more worthwhile novels.
Tags: albert camus, Catcher in the Rye, Donald Trump, election 2016, gillian flynn, House of Leaves, J. D. Salinger, James Comey, James Lasdun, Mark Danielewski, Patty Yumi Cottrell, reading list, reading recommendations, Robert Mueller, Sally Yates, Sharp Objects, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, Tana French, The Fall, The Horned Man, The Life of Pi, The Likeness, Trump, unreliable narrator, unreliable narrators, What to Read When, Yann Martel
Joe Ide discusses his debut novel,
IQ his writing process, and why he enjoys fly fishing. ...more
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Lori Rader-Day discusses her second novel,
Little Pretty Things, the “five lost years” when she didn’t write at all, and her favorite deep-dish pizza. ...more
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What do Yukio Mishima, Tana French, Shirley Jackson, and John Steinbeck have in common? They’re the masterminds behind a couple of the most evil fictional youngsters of all time, according to a list compiled by British bookstore Abebooks. The list shuns contemporary malevolent characters in favor of the “utterly evil” children of yore, reasoning: “While […]
While the novels’ detective protagonists pick their way with varying success through a maze of vexing people and circumstances, readers navigates their own tangled maze of contradictory conventions as the narratives hop from genre to genre, toying with readers’ expectations. Over at The Millions, Tim Wirkus explores the labyrinth of Tana French’s intricate Dublin Murder Squad […]
This week, Rumpus books published pieces about fucking and writing, A Common Pornography, and Folksy Fruit. Also, there was an interview with Jonathan Lethem.
I’m not a fan of murder mysteries. Truth is, I just don’t care why someone murdered someone else. Plus there’s the violence (grisly), the sex (cop-on-cop, cop-on-suspect), the conventional motives (jealousy, insanity, payback for molestation), the handful of suspects (lover, neighbor, father), and the revelation that it was…whomever. I don’t care. Perhaps, then, I’m exactly […]