September 18, 2012 Author Shani Boianjiu's debut novel draws on her own military experience to tell the story of three young women in the Israel Defense Forces. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book has a refreshing frankness that's initially very appealing — but its episodic nature wears thin after a while.
July 24, 2012 Charles Yu's collection Sorry Please Thank You embraces the tradition of experimental fiction that dates back to Gertrude Stein, playfully spinning fictions with a speculative edge. NPR critic Alan Cheuse says he's the best "story-bending talent" since George Saunders.
June 20, 2012 Hang on tight. These five new works of fiction will take you on an exhilarating ride. Brace yourself for a noir he-said-she-said, an R-rated version of Marie Antoinette's life and death, a haunting tale from a back-to-nature commune and Toni Morrison's lush Home.