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Leni Zumas is the author of Red Clocks (forthcoming from Little, Brown and The Borough Press/HarperCollins UK); Farewell Navigator (Open City); and The Listeners (Tin House), which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches writing at Portland State University.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
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What Should Be Wild (2018)
Julia Fine
"What Should Be Wild is a Gothic stunner for the 21st century—provocative, luxuriant, unsettling. Prepare to be mesmerized."
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Looker (2019)
Laura Sims
"With an agile precision reminiscent of Lydia Davis, Laura Sims captures the obsessiveness of a woman who unravels after the collapse of her marriage. A taut, gripping portrait, all the more sinister for its elegance."
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Boys of Alabama (2020)
Genevieve Hudson
"Boys of Alabama brilliantly reinvents the Southern Gothic... An absolutely magical novel."
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The School for Good Mothers (2021)
Jessamine Chan
"This taut, explosive novel is all the more terrifying because it edges so close to reality. With the story of one woman struggling to get her daughter back, Jessamine Chan spotlights the punishing scrutiny and judgment aimed at mothers everywhere - especially those who aren't wealthy or white. Frida's predicament embodies the fraught question so many women are taught to ask: Am I good enough?"
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Denial (2022)
Jon Raymond
"What if we took the climate crisis seriously enough to punish its worst perpetrators? Denial is a thrilling ride into a near future where corporate villains are being brought to justice, but the justice is complicated--and so are some of the villains. Jon Raymond is a deft, sharp, exhilarating storyteller whose gift is to make us laugh even as he's asking dead-serious questions about our collective peril."

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