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Idra Novey is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, a Best Book of 2018 with NPR, Esquire, BBC, Real Simple, O magazine, Kirkus Reviews and a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her first novel Ways to Dis­ap­pear received the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her fic­tion and poetry have been trans­lated into twelve lan­guages. She's written for The New York Times, the LA Times, and NPR’s All Things Con­sid­ered. She’s also translated four books from Spanish and Portuguese, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H.

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Ways to Disappear

3.46 avg rating — 3,612 ratings — published 2016 — 17 editions
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Those Who Knew

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Exit, Civilian

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The Next Country

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The Passion According to G.H.

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Those Who Knew by Idra Novey
"‘How did she stay true to the voices in her head as they led her into the fire?

Abuse of power comes in many forms and from many faces. It’s easy to recognize it in the actions of your opponents, but trickier to swallow when it is from those with who" Read more of this review »
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Subtle, profound, full of spiritual questions about our relationship to the physical world, to food and producing it, and written with great wisdom. Mockett is a brilliant writer.
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"This novel is much more realized than the previous, and at times sits on a razor thin margin of error, and I think never falls into potential traps. So the margins: 1) it’s very risky to mention authors your book is partially emulating because that d" Read more of this review »
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"This isn't really a novel about bringing down a powerful abuser. It's about living in the aftermath of revolution and all the ways the post-regime world still kind of sucks. But it's written beautifully and with such a light touch, never getting bogg" Read more of this review »
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"Absolutely captivating book. Well researched novel with strong women characters and lots of political stuff from across Latin America & the Caribbean mixed in. Short chapters that make the book fly by with mixed media inside — journal entries, scenes" Read more of this review »
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This inventive, stellar memoir examines the tensions between siblings and their separate fates in the most unsettling, unexpected ways. Croft's keen attention to the nuances and music of language is abundantly present in every sentence of Homesick.
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“To have made a coat of words and cloaked yourself in it.”
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“Desire, Beatriz had written, was what a man will deny himself until he can't.”
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“To have stayed awake for two nights watching your grown child sleep, a child who you'd forced too early to be an adult and who'd grown thick from it the way a vine will.”
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