Published March 19, 2022

Dariel Suarez (The Playwright’s House), Jessie van Eerden (Call It Horses), and Kyle Lucia Wu (Win Me Something) delve into the nuances and implications of family, examining these relationships as spaces of liminality, modes of belonging, and questions of obligation. In conversation with Clifford Garstang.

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The Playwright’s House is a thrilling and compassionate story of brotherhood, surveillance culture, the provocative power of theater, and the persistent ways past ghosts can haunt the present. Dariel Suarez animates the singularly complex and contradictory landscape of contemporary Havana with immense precision and insight. This is a stunning and vital novel.”—Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

Call It Horses is a spectacular novel. With the gorgeous language of Jayne Anne Phillips and the compassion of Carson McCullers, Jessie van Eerden follows an unforgettable cast of women through their lives and longing in West Virginia with precision and insight. An original, beautifully structured, and deeply moving book.”—Karen E. Bender, author of The New Order

“Wu’s compassionate debut traces one woman’s search for belonging… Wu brilliantly lays out the complicated dynamics of love, belonging, and care that exist within all relationships.”—Publishers Weekly


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