Elegies for the Brokenhearted, by Christie Hodgen. In this tough and moving novel -- among the best of 2010 -- Hodgen's narrator, a young woman, looks back at five wayward people, now gone, who passed through and unexpectedly helped define her life.
The Atlas of Remote Islands, by Judith Schalansky. Literally an atlas, with maps, but also a wise and exotic mix of history, natural history and fiction, reminiscent of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.
Say Her Name, by Francisco Goldman. In this forthcoming memoir, the novelist circles the accidental death of his wife and his own subsequent lostness, giving the reader not simply a full and honest portrait of grief but also the giddy richness of love.
What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Letters of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell. Also forthcoming, this selection of personal and professional correspondence between two of our greatest, most generous writers spans an eventful half-century.
Lighthead, by Terrance Hayes. This National Book Award winner in poetry is funny, smart, deep and fearless.