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A Year in Reading: Chloe Caldwell


If you liked Valencia by Michelle Tea, you’ll love Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover by Mila Jaroniec.

If you liked The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, you’ll love Abandon Me by Melissa Febos.

If you liked Nevada by Imogen Binnie, you’ll love Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks.

If you liked Eight by Amy Fusselman, you’ll love Mickey by Chelsea Martin.

If you liked Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, you’ll love Marlena by Julie Buntin.

If you liked Proxies by Brian Blanchfield, you’ll love When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy.

If you liked Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio, you’ll love Violation by Sallie Tisdale.

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A Year in Reading: Dennis Cooper

What with the renaissance-like state of new American writing these days, not to mention the wealth of fresh and innovative independent and micro publishing houses, it’s even more incredibly difficult to pick ten best books of the year than it always is. To try to do so, I stuck to fiction and poetry, and I selected only one book per imprint. Blake Butler’s novel There Is No Year (Harper Perennial) not only thrilled me via its amazing mechanisms, but it was further evidence of how much his prose promises in general. Suicide (Dalkey Archive), the first novel to be translated into English by the late French writer Edouard Levé, was dazzling in its sublime combination of Oulipoian lightness and terrible sorrow. I also loved Kate Zambreno’s novel Green Girl (Emergency Press), in which she outdid her already impressive work. Like many others, I’ve been anticipating the publication of Laurie Weeks’ long in-process novel Zippermouth (Feminist Press) for almost a decade, and it fulfilled my every wish. Gary Lutz is one of my very favorite prose stylists, and his new story collection Divorcer (Calamari Press) might be his best ever. Another favorite author, Lynne Tillman, released the crazily good short fiction collection Someday This Will Be Funny (Red Lemonade) this year. A great discovery for me was Jeremy M. Davies’ gorgeous and complex novel Rose Alley (Counterpath Press), and I was very happy to see Patrick deWitt’s highly original and pleasurable western-themed novel The Sisters Brothers (Ecco) rewarded with deserving accolades and prizes. Finally, in poetry, the work of one of my all-time very favorite poets Tim Dlugos was collected in the crucial book A Fast Life (Nightboat Books), and the new poetry collection Click and Clone (Coffeehouse Press) by another longtime favorite, Elaine Equi, was her most exciting and illuminating to date.

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