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Literary and Strange
" Sad Janet is a tragicomic riot of a book--charging, foul-mouthed and tender, across the modern condition. It is an hysterically funny and slyly moving defense for feeling all there is to feel in a medicated world. Lucie Britsch's outcast heroine, Janet, is the dog-whispering, post-Goth cousin to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag. Terrifying, glorious, and one for the ages." --Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker and Stunt
"In Sad Janet, Britsch has created a slacker heroine with the exuberant weariness of a Melissa Broder poem and the provocative nonconformism of an Ottessa Mosfegh character. From her pulpit in the anarchist dog shelter that also shelters her, Janet has veracious and darkly comic things to say about the real cost of artificial glee. A timely and trenchant debut." --Courtney Maum, author of Costalegre
"An eerie and affecting satire of the detective novel." --Kirkus, starred review
"Dark doesn't even begin to describe Ottessa Moshfegh's latest novel, Death in Her Hands. Try horrifying, macabre, fashionably self-referential and exceptionally well-written--a book, as the publisher's blurb says, that asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both reflect the truth and keep us blind to it. Plus, it's got a great dog." --Associated Press
"Moshfegh's fiction is so often coated in diamond-hard layers of cynicism; in Death in Her Hands, the cynicism is cracked. We can reach out and touch the fragile emotional core. Even as the reader can't trust Vesta, a classic unreliable narrator, Moshfegh lets us close to her needy heart; deep down, despite her barbed tongue and her self-imposed isolation, she wants to be found." --Huffington Post
" Death in Her Hands is not so much about solving a death as it is about conjuring a life. In its apparent plotlessness, it posits philosophical questions about the meaning of mortality. . . . Death in Her Hands is a book that casts loneliness and freedom in unexpected lights." --The Washington Post
"A methodical descent into a very special, almost rational kind of madness . . . About far more than the endless trauma of fitting in. It's a story about the mental gymnastics that lead us to strange and unearthly places in order to survive . . . Horror is often a mirror for things we'd rather not see, and sci-fi often a vehicle to places we'd rather be. Murata marries elements of both into one meticulous journey to the heart of human psychology."--Alexis Ong, Tor.com
"To Sayaka Murata, nonconformity is a slippery slope . . . Reminiscent of certain excellent folk tales, expressionless prose is Murata's trademark . . . In Earthlings, being an alien is a simple proxy for being alienated. The characters define themselves not by a specific notion of what they are--other--but by a general idea of what they are not: humans/breeders . . . The strength of [Murata's] voice lies in the faux-naïf lens through which she filters her dark view of humankind: We earthlings are sad, truncated bots, shuffling through the world in a dream of confusion."--Lydia Millet, New York Times Book Review
Johnson. . . brings her nuanced sense of menace and intimate understanding of the perils of loving too much to this latest entry in her developing canon of dark places where the unspeakable speaks and speaks. A subtle book that brings to bear all its author's prodigious skill. A must-read." --Kirkus STARRED Review
In achingly lyrical prose, Johnson employs alternating narratives, divulging and withholding information by turns, keeping the reader unsure of what to believe. When the revelations hit, they are intensely powerful. Readers of classic gothic fiction will find a contemporary master of the craft here. --Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
A taut, disturbing, and brilliantly written psychological drama of the first order. You'll read for the quality of the prose, but also the amazing depth of characterization and mystery. Another great book from one of our finest writers.-- Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation
"Daisy Johnson is an enchantress who can turn the day into night and back again in a sentence. I love her prose so much, and this book was the sibling love-and-horror story of my dreams and nightmares."-- Karen Russell, New York Times-bestselling author of Swamplandia!
"[ Girls Against God] is part fever dream, part manifesto, and part nostalgic reminiscing, with a hefty dose of feminist and queer theory for good measure ... Chaotic yet ordered, Hval dives deeply into the process of self-discovery. [Her] language is visceral and haunting, corporal and carnal."
--Carolyn Ciesla, Booklist
"This genre-bending novel from a self-described gloomy child queen blends feminism and the occult with a touch of time travel."
--Joshunda Sanders, Boston Globe
"The atmosphere of Girls against God is on its surface bleak and unforgiving and yet beneath that impression there is a second story about the strength and solidarity of despised women."
--David Renton, Morning Star