fiction

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” Explores the Ghastly History of Mass Incarceration

Jesmyn Ward has written one of the best books of 2017.  Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books You Must Read in September

The one good thing about fall, outside of cute boots, is the influx of books that are being released. Read more »

No More “Good Girls”: YA needs to get real about reproduction

YA fiction is more and more reflective of the world in which young people actually live, a new normal of characters and storylines encompassing all the complexities of sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights and justice. Read more »

“What We Lose” Is An Experimental Fiction Masterpiece

Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel refuses to stay within the boundaries set for writers who aren’t white cisgender men. Read more »

Crushed Blackademics: The Case for Black Women to Ditch Academia

Edith Vane suffers the whips and scorns of academia in a world where tenure is an illusion. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

Transcending Genre: “The Boss” Brings Womanism To Urban Literature

The book seems to be about sexy, scantily clad women, but the core theme is wealth redistribution. Read more »

Resistance Narratives: Lidia Yuknavitch on Joan of Arc, Bodies, and Reimagining the Love Story

Intersectional feminism is rising, cracks and fissures are emerging, blind spots are being illuminated, failures examined, possibilities getting born. Good. Bring it. Read more »

Storytelling Will Spark the Overthrow: A Review of Lidia Yuknavitch’s “The Book of Joan”

[E]ven if the bodies in The Book of Joan are devoid of gender, they do still cling to sex, love, emotion—they have to, because what else is there to live for when the world’s gone to shit? Read more »

Get Out of Gilead: Anti-Blackness in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Handmaid’s Tale remains silent on the central feature of American history, anti-blackness, while it takes from the oppression of Black women and applies it indiscriminately to white women. Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »