Girls Burn Brighter
by Shobha Rao

The author’s first novel, about two poor girls in an Indian village whose friendship prods them to survive unthinkable hardship, is a story of both beauty and brutality. Rao’s writing propels the story forward to an ambiguous ending that could fuel as much debate as the suffering that comes before.

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
by Mallory Ortberg

A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic folk and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien.

American Histories
by John Edgar Wideman

The book contains unredeemed past courses through these fictional monologues and dialogues, as well as essays and reviews framed as imagined narratives.

What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw
by Leah Stewart

The celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me explores an unconventional love story through the lens of a character actor who must finally become the hero of her own story.

Alternate Side
by Anna Quindlen

This novel is about a woman discovering her true self at a dramatic turning point that reveals alternate sides of class, marriage, friendship, set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City.