My September column is up at PopMatters. Stories by: Roxane Gay (JFK); Jeff VanderMeer (Jeb Bush); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Melania Trump); George Saunders (Abraham Lincoln); Curtis Sittenfeld (Hillary Clinton.) These fictional works about the personal lives of American politicians' (and a spouse, in one case) are well-crafted and show us unusual but highly believable aspects of their personalities. Also, there's an introductory section about why political fiction (in books, on screen, on stage) matters.
My review of A.M.Homes' latest short story collection, 'Days of Awe', is up at PopMatters. These stories have her trademark darkly satirical takes on American consumerism and more. Also, they are a masterclass in dialogue and in listening to both what is said and, more importantly, what isn't said.
August is #womenintranslation month. The reason this online movement began a few years ago is the relatively smaller number of women writers getting translated across languages compared to men writers. There is a little bit of history in the first bit of the article. So my short stories column at PopMatters this month has five stories by award-winning women writers from across the world, translated by women translators. All are free to read online. Enjoy.