“There is a girl, and her name is Sam,” begins this tender coming-of-age novel that touches on the pillars of growing up — you know, like class, addiction, lust, and following one’s own dreams. It follows seven-year-old Sam through her life as a teenager where all she wants to do is go climbing and wear the right kind of jeans, begging universal questions like what happens to a girl’s sense of joy and belief in herself as she becomes a woman?
In this dreamy novel, a piano teacher in Beijing is plagued by a recurring dream of being trapped in a doorless room with only an orange mushroom. Then a package of mushrooms starts getting delivered to her mother-in-law once a week — seemingly by mistake — and when a letter arrives in the mail from the person sending the mushrooms, her world goes into surreal free fall.
A young Black lawyer moves into a Brooklyn brownstone with her coffee entrepreneur boyfriend and a gaggle of doomsday prepping roommates in a fiercely funny, engrossing novel from lawyer turned comedy writer Kashana Cauley, whose written for shows like The Great North and The Daily Show.
Soft Skull Press
A Big Tech dispatch from Instagram’s first employee Josh Riedel, Please Report Your Bug Here follows a six figure-earning college grad who gets a job at a dating app and discovers a glitch that transports him to other worlds, in a coming-of-age novel for the metaverse age.
Set in 1981 Los Angeles, Bret Easton Ellis’ first novel in over a decade follows a group of friends during their senior year at an exclusive prep school. All Xanax and Porsches, innocence is lost and paranoia grows while a serial killer preys on the San Fernando Valley, targeting teenagers — and seems to be growing closer to the group of friends.
The Deep South, domesticated animals, mothering as a spectral force, and the “forbidden felt language” of sex, Judas Goat is a sensual, feeling collection of poems about relationships from Northwest by way of Alabama poet Gabrielle Bates.
A hit in Sweden last year, Lydia Sandgren’s debut novel about art and power is being translated into English. The book follows Martin, a washed up writer upended by the sudden disappearance of his wife, Cecilia; Gustav, a painter equally obsessed with the disappearance; and Martin’s daughter Rakel, who unlocks a series of clues that lead to information about her haunting departure.
V, formerly known as Eve Ensler, who famously wrote The Vagina Monologues, has written a memoir chronicling 40 years an an artist, incorporating prose, poetry, dreams, letters, and essays from V’s journals, in a holistic portrait of a writer dealing with everything from homelessness to activism to family.
Vanity Fair writer and excellent Twitter follow Delia Cai has written a sharp debut novel following a young woman who brings her white fiancé home to meet her Chinese immigrant parents in small-town Illinois — which ends up bringing up a lot more than she expencted as she navigates the draw of past lovers and selves, and tries to figure out who she really is.