Latest from Kristen Millares Young

In Gabriela Garcia’s ‘Of Women and Salt,’ five generations of mothers and daughters fight to stay afloat

Her debut stretches from 1866 Cuba to the present-day United States, chronicling traumas both experienced and inherited.
  • Mar 30, 2021

Melissa Febos’s ‘Girlhood’ brilliantly illuminates how women are conditioned to be complicit in their own exploitation

Over the course of eight essays with poignant illustrations by Forsyth Harmon, Febos interrogates the strength, savvy and vulnerabilities of girlhood.
  • Mar 28, 2021

‘The Freezer Door’ is an aching, playful memoir of vivid desire amid the desperation of midlife disconnection

Queer activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s book is alive with the existential nausea of being displaced.
  • Nov 24, 2020

In ‘A History of My Brief Body,’ Billy-Ray Belcourt triumphs over oppression through lyric essays

The Rhodes scholar’s collection explores his queer and indigenous identity.
  • Jul 16, 2020

No one stood trial for the El Bordo mine fire. Yuri Herrera’s ‘A Silent Fury’ tries to right a century-old wrong.

By bringing moral exactitude to a story long silenced for American profit, “A Silent Fury” joins that most vital of canons, the literatures of witness.
  • Jun 18, 2020

In Julia Alvarez’s ‘Afterlife,’ a widow faces a moral quandary

A Dominican American woman’s conundrums echo our national conversation about migrant communities.
  • Apr 8, 2020

In ‘Amnesty,’ an immigrant is put in an impossible position

Aravind Adiga’s novel is a human story carved into the style of a thriller.
  • Feb 18, 2020

In ‘A Long Petal of the Sea,’ Isabel Allende delivers another sentimental epic set in troubled times

In her relentlessly linear narrative of more than 60 years of Spanish and Chilean history, Allende takes great pains to describe the real, lived effects of two dictatorships.
  • Jan 23, 2020