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Strong Lights and Dark Shadows: Mieko Kawakami Interviewed by Makenna Goodman
Cover of Mieko Kawakami's book heaven, which has a green cover with pink and yellow expressionist brushstrokes.

The English translation of a Japanese novel about two bullied teenagers and the philosophical implications of violence.

Strong Lights and Dark Shadows: Mieko Kawakami Interviewed by Makenna Goodman
Cover of Mieko Kawakami's book heaven, which has a green cover with pink and yellow expressionist brushstrokes.

The English translation of a Japanese novel about two bullied teenagers and the philosophical implications of violence.

Tarik Kiswanson by Asiya Wadud
Young children in a performance holding hands, covering each other's eyes, and staring forward.

The artist and poet discusses his childhood as a first-generation Palestinian immigrant, the formation of selfhood in preadolescence, and the psychology of drifting.

From Trying Not to Feel to Feeling Everything: Juliet Escoria’s Juliet the Maniac by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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A bipolar teen on her journey from self-immolation to self-actualization.

Hurtling Toward a New Voice: On Niviaq Korneliussen’s Last Night in Nuuk by Ruby Brunton
Last Nightin Nuuk

Nuanced identity and adolescent angst from Greenland.

Jo Ann Beard by Melissa Seley
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Jo Ann Beard’s long-awaited follow-up and debut novel In Zanesville excavates the emotional terrain of Nowheresville teendom with stunning wit, cutthroat clarity and a profound empathy for the rigors of adolescence.

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