A round-up of titles published by independent presses in 2021.
A novel about two Black British artists who fall in love and are forced to face challenges beyond their control.
Two novels about grief, translation, and the revelatory traces of language.
A slacker novel that fights against the philosophy of brokenness, one Hot Cheetos bag at a time.
On navigating the success and failure dichotomy, the tropes of women friendship narratives, and working across mediums.
The debut novelist on writing a novel that reimagines an otherworldly Western with a new focus on gender and immigration.
The writer on when the short story becomes a novel, writing about the gig economy, and claiming new meanings for words.
“People talk about algorithms like they’re magic. It’s easy to see why. They govern how the internet is shown to us, conjured from spells. Their methods are opaque, and yet we put our trust in them.”
The writer’s posthumously published novel, written ninety years ago, holds a mirror up to the past and present.
The Man Booker finalist on telling a story from the perspective of a spirit and writing to expose historical truths.
The writer on creating a legend about her mother, breaking the fourth wall, and Elena Ferrante’s honesty.
The debut novelist on writing fiction about free will, his love of Denis Johnson, the elusive idea of plot, and his family lineage of writers.
In echoes and splices of “narrative sonic bites,” Douglas sets her experimental novel, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, to the dub pulse of Rasta tradition.
An art exhibition inspired by a novel.
Let’s begin with death. “Let’s say that in the course of all human experience, death is pure conjecture: it is, as such, not an experience. And all that which is not an experience is useless to mankind.” The speaker here is Ledesma, one of a cadre of lovelorn, thoroughly chauvinistic doctors up to no good at a sanatorium just outside Buenos Aires.
The poet’s first novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, concerns a woman’s unnamed grief, as well as the meta-dialogue between the narrative’s author and the critic reading her manuscript.
The author discusses her forthcoming novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation, fiction as impetus for personal change, and the inhumanity of the creative class.
The novelist on the precarious lives of artists, the oversimplification of trauma narratives, and the importance of building queer, chosen families.
The novelist on her loss of faith, youth culture, cult leaders, and spending time with syllables.
What kind of novel would you write if you had never read a novel before? Would it have the mounting tension of a campfire tale? The breathless cadence of fresh gossip shared with a best friend? If you’re Norwegian writer Gunnhild Øyehaug, you unspool 50,000 words with the inventiveness of Scheherazade and the guilelessness of a Red Bull–fueled, hyperarticulate ten-year-old. This is Wait, Blink.