5.) Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen
David King, a self-proclaimed Right-Wing Jew, is the owner of Moving Kings, which is a moving company that progressively specializes in forcing people out from the dangerous corners of New York’s tri-state area- the parts that haven’t been gentrified yet. One day David’s distant cousin Yoav and his good friend Uri travel to NYC from Israel after they both complete their compulsory military service. David offers them jobs they’ll be perfect for—getting rid of delinquent tenants. But just as they are getting used to social life, they are somehow thrown into a situation fueled by revenge brings back some memories of the war zone they left behind.
4.) Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
When her fiancé ditches her for another woman, Ruth temporarily accepts her mother’s offer to move back home. But when her father Howard, an admired history professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, throws his pants (and most of the rest of his clothing) into the trees lit up by Christmas lights lining the streets, Ruth begins to quickly discover that this return isn’t going to be what she was expecting. As bizarre as it may sound, this is actually a pretty funny story of love, family drama, and old age that manages to keep a genuine tender touch while being unique and unpredictable in all the greatest ways.
3.) What We Lose by Zinzi Clemons
How does place describe us and the ones we adore? For Clemmons’s main character Thandi, the annual visits to Johannesburg, South Africa, the place where her mother was born, help shape and shake up her self-identity. Why do most people, which includes many of her South African extended family members, suggest that she may be categorized by the color of her skin? On one side of things, Clemmons subtly investigates the way identity is formed by location and cultural norms, while on the other side, she relives what it means to lose the person you love the most. As Thandi copes with her mother’s passing, we are invited to ask ourselves what the way we want to live is we and why.
2.) Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
The first novel from Lena Dunham’s Lenny signature at Random House chuckles with vivid and familiar tales of newly arrived Chinese Americans who are adjusting to New York life. Just like Zhang, many of her protagonists arrive upon the shores of the US from Shanghai as young kids and are confronted with an unfamiliar language and parents trying to get used to the cultural divide.
1.) The Answers by Catherine Lacey
Mary Parsons is a former Southern Christian survivalist who became an NYC travel agency accounts manager overnight. She desperately needs to get some cash together quickly in order to take care of her grueling chronic pain, so she answers a highly paid Craigslist ad to take part in famous (but extremely lonely) actor Kurt Sky’s supposedly-called Girlfriend Experiment. What is Kurt’s hope? He hopes that an array of women wanting to be the “girlfriend” role for him and land him in the ‘perfect relationship. Sound pretty strange and peculiar? It is. It’s also a mesmerizing story about how people are not quite always what they seem.
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