REVIEW: Kazufumi Shiraishi’s THE PART OF ME THAT ISN’T BROKEN INSIDE in the Complete Review

The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside is exceptionally well done, a novel that seems to meander almost aimlessly along with its self-indulgent narrator yet is a tight and profound exploration of human hurt and intimate relationships. An impressive work.

Read the rest of Michael Orthofer’s thoughts online at the Complete Review website.

REVIEW: Chris Searle (“Race & Class”) reviews NOVEMBER

“Woodall’s stark, lucid yet powerfully figurative prose has to embrace both the word and the image. Real and breathing portraits of suppurating human life and detailed descriptions of the cruelty and mental torture of alienated labour are all there in November.”

Read the full review in this PDF excerpt of Race & Class volume 59, issue 1.

REVIEW: The Irish Times reviews MARCH HARES!

“An even more unabashedly autobiographical work than Higgins’s other path-breaking works in the form, the last word in a series of increasingly risky and valuable works which collectively reveal that ‘life is a story told’.”

You can read the full review here.

REVIEW: The Irish Examiner reviews SLIPPING

“[SLIPPING] concerns itself with the psychology of the delusional Albert Jackson and his desire to have a book written about him. He wants it to be a mixture of fact and fiction, in order to be understood, particularly by his two grown-up children. He wants their empathy but is sane enough to realise that he’ll never elicit sympathy. … This is an intriguing take on the murder story genre.”

Read the full review online at The Irish Examiner.

REVIEW: Arts Fuse reviews THE SOVEREIGN

“…a genre-bending, ambitious-to-the-max debut novel that revolves around a fictional uprising in Puerto Rico. At its best, this complex, experimental narrative succeeds at blending speculative fiction, magic realism, and techno-realism. Colarusso also succeeds in offering insightful commentary on the nuances of Puerto Rican culture in dense, often provocative prose.”

Read the full review online at The Arts Fuse.

REVIEW: Two forthcoming August titles reviewed by Kirkus

A PERFECT DISHARMONY – Sébastien Brebel

The paradox embedded in the title captures the existential mood of these 13 stories, in which characters remain largely anonymous and situations full of angst. French novelist Brebel’s book comes in at just about 100 pages, so each story unfolds quickly—though “story” in a formal sense is perhaps a misnomer. Brebel is instead a chronicler of pain.

Read the full review online at Kirkus Reviews.


SCAR – Sara Mesa

A taut and disturbing tale of inspiration which poses questions about the darker material we draw on for art.

Read the full review online at Kirkus Reviews.