Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel, My Absolute Darling, charts the murky, awful territory of abuse and the strange, hard road to survival. Teenaged Turtle—raised by her poisonous father, Martin, in his separatist/survivalist ideology and skillset, on the California coast—must figure out what exactly she must do to get out.
"I'm a real coffee drinker, of the highest order," explained chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, so when Folgers sent her their new line of naturally flavored coffees, called Simply Gourmet, she brewed them all at once. "I think it was twelve pounds of coffee," she told me at an event in Manhattan, adding, "I was like, 'Do I like this?
Jenny Zhang is the real thing. An essayist, poet, and fiction writer, Zhang excels in all three genres. (I still send people to her 2015 essay “They Pretend To Be Us.”) Her work pushes against—testing—the boundaries of girlhood, family, nationality, love, disgust, allegiance.