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When Rachel Cantor told me her new novel, Good on Paper, took ten years to write, it wasn't hard to see why. Cantor's second book, which came out from Melville House Press in January, follows the efforts of Shira Greene to translate the work of Romei, a Nobel prize-winning poet who communicates with her via fax. (The book is set in the 90s, after all.) As more pages of Romei's work emerge from the...
No. 18 Five Books by Brooklyn Authors That We Can’t Wait to Read The Local Lit to Look Out For in 2014 We can get behind the maxim of never judging a book by its cover (well, maybe we can; some books have pretty nice covers!), but we will happily judge people by the books they’re reading. All of which is to say, if we ran across any of you on the subway reading one of these books,...

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