Recommendations from Electric Literature associate editor Jo Lou
Nella Larsen$7.95 $7.31
Biracial Helga Crane always wanted more than the life she was expected to lead. Restless, she leaves her teaching position at all-black Southern school to Harlem during its renaissance and then to her maternal homeland of Denmark, all the while searching for freedom, meaning, and identity. Quicksand is a sad and profound novel about race and gender, and how the two intersect in society to confine women of color to a limited existence.
Ginny Tapley Takemori and Sayaka Murata$15.00 $13.80
A darkly humorous Japanese novella about a convenience store woman in her 30s facing societal pressure to "settle down" and "get a real job."
Jia Tolentino$27.00 $24.30
Amara Lakhous$15.00 $13.80
A wry novella set in Turin that questions who is really Italian. A must read in our era of rising nationalism, xenophobia, and racism.
Eka Kurniawan and Annie Tucker$19.95 $18.35
A Indonesian epic about a woman who rises from the dead. The novel spans the Dutch colonial era to the 1965 genocide to the 30 years of Suharto's brutal dictatorship. Witty and salacious, Beauty is a Wound provides a keen insight into Indonesia's turbulent history.