Title: The Five Wounds
By: Kirstin Valdez Quade
It's Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans. This intergenerational family story follows five generations of Padilla family over the course of a year.
Title: In the Dream House
By: Carmen Maria Machado
The author's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
Title: Little Eyes
By: Samanta Schweblin
Schweblin creates a dark and complex world that's somehow so sensible, so recognizable, that once it's entered, no one can ever leave. An unsettling and brilliant literary thriller.