Society and Life in Fiction Spotlight (2/3/21)

This spotlight on society and life in fiction features an English-language debut about strange events in an American town, a woman’s search for her place in the world, a delivery boy peddling for five-star customer ratings, a hilariously irreverent vision of the imperfect lives of queer men, and an epic story through generations of one Texan family.

AMERICAN DELIRIUM by Betina González

3 starred reviews!

“Argentinian González anatomizes in her skillful English-language debut an American community’s pursuit of enlightenment and the violence and madness left its wake…González’s distorted utopian vision is a memorable trip.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This unsettling yet erudite translated work by Argentinian writer González weaves a story about a small Midwestern town upended by residents-turned-dissenters.”–Booklist, starred review

“Three characters’ lives converge after their unnamed city is beset by a series of weird events…An uncategorizable novel that manages to be both zany and profound.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ZORRIE by Laird Hunt

An Indie Next pick!

“A woman’s life in rural Indiana takes shape amid dreams, losses, and fulfillment in this quietly effective work…A touching, tightly woven story from an always impressive author.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE DELIVERY by Peter Mendelsund

2 starred reviews!

“Mendelsund (SAME SAME) explores identity, community, and the past’s power to influence the future in his stunning latest…The author’s playful sense of form and command of language make for an original and provocative novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Mendelsund’s second novel exists on an otherworldly plane; the protagonist is a young, unnamed immigrant who is working as a delivery boy…This is an assured, hugely enjoyable novel full of grace and wit from a writer with a unique vision of what fiction can be.”–Booklist, starred review

100 BOYFRIENDS by Brontez Purnell

“This stunning collection of vignettes from artist, punk rocker, and Whiting Award winner Purnell (SINCE I LAID DOWN MY BURDEN) forms a delightfully crass, kaleidoscopic worldview…Purnell brilliantly immerses the reader in Black, queer desire with humor, self-awareness, and just the right amount of vulgarity.”–Publishers Weekly

LONE STARS by Justin Deabler

“In Deabler’s bighearted debut, a gay man looks back on his family’s history to understand how his heritage and identity are woven by his home state of Texas…In the end, this novel proudly and emotionally defines what it means to be from the Lone Star State.”–Publishers Weekly

AMERICAN DELIRIUM by Betina González; 9781250621283; available 2/16/21.
ZORRIE by Laird Hunt; 9781635575361; available 2/9/21.
THE DELIVERY by Peter Mendelsund; 9780374600426; available 2/9/21.
100 BOYFRIENDS by Brontez Purnell; 9780374538989; available now.
LONE STARS by Justin Deabler; 9781250256102; available now.

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