Summer Guide 2013: New Books for Summer

Such Great Heights

Chris Cole's retelling of The Great Gatsby via The Social Network, this pop novel is fast-paced and profound, with its pulse on the moment as much as anything you're likely to read this summer. (Disembodied Poetics, 212 pages, $8.99)


Wicked prose as much kicking poetry in the pants as whispering melodies into your ear, Susan Steinberg's writing is all genius. Trust her. You will only be blinded for a moment. (Graywolf, 160 pages, $14)

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner's novel begins with two motorcycle races, on different continents and in different decades, and spends most of its time in the art world of 1970s New York. (Simon and Schuster, 400 pages, $26.99)


A sexy 26-year-old English teacher obsesses over and seduces one of her eighth grade students. This is Alissa Nutting's debut novel; her collection of stories won the Starcherone Prize for innovative fiction, selected by Ben Marcus. (July 2, Ecco, 272 pages, $25.99)

Mermaid at Chelsea Creek

All hearts and ontological smarts, Michelle Tea is always magical, with a quick wit and feverish sense of self-discovery. Her submergence in fantasy is like magic having its first dream. (McSweeney's, 240 pages, $19.95)

The Opposite of Work

Each one of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's poems has a unique architecture, consisting of voice fragments that take delicate steps to convey the intrigue of anything honest. Illustrated in flipbook form by his wife, Mary. (Jackleg Press, 136 pages, $14)

All My Friends

Woah. These stories are not linked, but the emotional force that pervades them is so consistent you feel that Marie NDiaye's fantastic characters belong together. This book is a world. (Two Lines Press, 140 pages, $10.46)


Charming, heartfelt, tragicomic, not much happens in Ali Liebegott's novels, but the world oscillates between redemption and utter hopelessness. The first offering from the City Lights/Sister Spit press should make everyone proud. (City Lights Books, 252 pages, $11.17)

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

Out in mid-August, Lucy Corin's book has everything and then some: many short short stories, each a revelation, and three considerably longer stories that can only be described as visionary. (McSweeney's, 192 pages, $22)

The Disordered

Self-declared "calm and crooked," Anhvu Buchanan's poems drift into keen psychological tangents that insist on taking things easy. (July 9, Sunnyoutside, 68 pages, $13)

My Voice Nation Help
©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.