Our interns have been reading Sarabande titles like it's their job. We asked them each to pick a favorite for a giveaway at a recent open house event. Read their recommendations below!
I HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1994 AND KILL A GIRL
“The nontraditional structures of these poems, the lines tucked between lines, lines broken two and three times, mirror the disoriented relationship between the past and the present. I love the haunting way in which McGlynn confronts the past in that the farther back we tumble toward 1994 the more horribly clear the events become: a journey that challenges the idea that the past conceals facts; that it can protect us.” —Justin, development intern
HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI
“I've chosen Him, Me, Muhammad Ali because it is not only a beautifully crafted collection of stories, but because it subverts Western expectations of Muslim men and women. I love how Jarrar captures transience, migration, and movement, linking these themes to birds and their flight patterns, while simultaneously honoring her characters' homes. Read this collection now, in this political climate.” —Maggie, marketing intern
“Pelster uses a diverse array of trees—from the mango to the maple—to explore the intimacies of the human condition in Limber. Her essays weave together the connection between man and nature to reveal a deeper understanding of both. Reading her book was simultaneously an immersive and transformative experience that I’d recommend to any reader.” —Lauren, programming intern
"Praying Drunk was the first collection of short stories that I loved deep down in my bones. Every page is a stunner. I'm always impressed by the amount of terrain Minor spans: there are stories about robots and missionaries, tales set in Haiti and the American Midwest, and stories varying from the epistolary form to the Q&A form. These are sad, sad, sad stories that arm you with humor and beauty and make you unafraid to stare directly into the darkness of humanity. Also—what a great title!" —Emily, editorial intern