Parke

I really love fiction that leans toward magical realism and grim humor. My overall tastes range from the classic Argentine magical realists, to the beats of the fifties and sixties, to contemporary dark humorists like George Saunders. Generally speaking, the more it strays from traditional form, the more I like it!

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The Hidden Witch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338253757
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Published: Graphix - October 30th, 2018

A pitch-perfect sequel to Molly's The Witch Boy. The new characters we meet are instantly likable and relatable. The themes of the previous graphic novel are explored in greater depth as the consequences of Aster's magical talents seep out into the larger world they inhabit. People can change for the better and old wounds can be healed— no-one is irredeemable.


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

A beautifully illustrated story that challenges societal norms and gender constructs in a gentle & unique way. Aster is a boy in a magical family whose women are witches and men are shape-shifters. He wants to practice magic, but is forbidden. Even in our un-magical world, Aster is very relatable, and themes of fitting in, bullying, diversity and acceptance are woven throughout. So charming!


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Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781487004774
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Published: House of Anansi Press - May 7th, 2019

Me, Myself, They is perfect for anyone looking for a personal, authentic narrative about the challenges of growing up as a non-binary person. Joshua is the first person in Canada to be legally recognized as non-binary, and their struggle for trans rights is an uplifting story. Trans rights are human rights, and we're all better for their victory.


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Machine: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978471
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 20th, 2019

Machine, Susan Steinberg's first novel, is told from the point of view of an adolescent woman that witnesses the "accidental" death of a stranger while on vacation. The haunting survivor's guilt of this incident is suffused throughout the book. With most chapters taking the form of long sentence fragments and unconventional punctuation, Steinberg's singular voice leaves it to the reader to decipher the truth of the stranger's death. A novel unlike any other.


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Spectacle: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555976316
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 8th, 2013

Spectacle is an amazingly strong short story collection. It's sometimes offputtingly strange, as it reads like poetry and is formally unique. Susan Steinberg infuses every line with a brutal honesty and a tone that is purely her own. The book is hugely cohesive thanks to this univocal quality. The book is very tight and highly authored as a result: it feels designed to exist as a collected whole rather than individual stories. A favorite of mine!


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ISBN: 9780802122070
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Published: Grove Press - July 16th, 2013

Naked Lunch is a grimly comical carnival of grotesque imagery and pain. Written in Tangiers during a years-long heroin bender, the experience reflected in the book is, like the addiction cycle, a circular pattern of self-punishment, and an act of nihilism - a cry for help from rock bottom.
 
Having read it three times, I can say with confidence that it is a true work of art that I absolutely love, but I also understand that it is a harrowing undertaking to actually read it. That being said, the reward for reaching the conclusion is a deeper understanding of the human cost of policies that criminalize addiction.


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ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

This conclusion to the trilogy that begins with Annihilation is thrilling – haunting – maddening – an ideal science-mystery with beautiful prose. As close to perfect as a trilogy of books can get.


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ISBN: 9780735235939
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Published: Penguin Canada - August 28th, 2018

This compact memoir is excellent. It's so uplifting and empowering to see the author, a queer person of color, face the toxic masculinity and bigotry ever-present in our era and thrive despite it. This book brought me a lot of hope in a grim year, and for that, Vivek Shraya has a reader for life in me.


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ISBN: 9780316273442
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

This book is a miraculous blend of character and hauntingly strange adventure. Despite all his flaws and the almost surreal journey he embarks upon, you can't stop rooting for Jakub Procha. Tragic, funny, and unforgettable!


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Mox Nox Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781606998427
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 23rd, 2015

A surprising, hilarious, and deeply strange collection of one-page graphic stories. Plays with the reader’s sense of sequence and perception like a cat plays with a feather… Uniquely funny.


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ISBN: 9781597808217
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Published: Night Shade - May 5th, 2015

A harrowing look into humanity's deep future, grounded in realism.  Images from this post-genetic wasteland will stick with you forever.


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ISBN: 9780345443021
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Published: Del Rey - February 27th, 2001

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, this novel is considered the prime text of the new weird literary movement.  A stunning work of creativity and imagination.


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The Elephant Vanishes: Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679750536
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1994

This collection of other wordly short stories distills Haruki Murakami's unique voice and world view into a single volume. Unforgettable!