Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Fiction Books for March 2016


by Janelle Ludowise

This month, I found myself gravitating toward books that explore the surreal, the strange, and the unbelievable. Whether it's A. Igoni Barrett's satire Blackass which takes a Kafka-esque look at race and class in modern Nigeria, or Mark Leyner's part-autobiographical-part-dark-humor-absurdist Gone With the Mind, or Helen Oyeyemi's latest collection of short stories What is Not Yours is Not Yours, which examines the strange, the uncanny, and the unsettling world of fairy tales, many of the books I chose this month are connected by the strange, the wonderful, and the maybe-not-quite-real. Here are my top five books that I'm looking forward to reading this March!

  • Blackass by A. Ignosi Barrett -- March 1
  • Prodigals by Greg Jackson -- March 1
  • The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester -- March 7
  • Gone With the Mind by Mark Leyner -- March 8
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi -- March 8