Carissa Chesanek is a writer in New York City with an MFA from The New School. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, among others.
A Womans WorthBy Carissa Chesanek
We see particular impact of womanly influence in three new literary works (a book of short stories, a memoir, and a novel), all possessing a familiar theme of women in society and the female influences we find every day.
Clare Chamberss Small PleasuresBy Carissa Chesanek
Sometimes people come into our life and help us find the truth we have been searching for all along. Clare Chambers (Learning to Swim) explores that idea in her latest novel, Small Pleasures, while keeping us entertained in a mystery behind an alleged miracle.
Stephanie Gangi’s Carry the DogBy Carissa Chesanek
In her second novel, the rambunctious and moving Carry the Dog, Gangi shows us how uncovering the truth to our past can push us to live better lives in the present.
Elissa Bassists HystericalBy Carissa Chesanek
Women, if youre not already angry at this world, you will be after reading Elissa Bassists debut memoir, Hystericaland for good reason.
Jill Bialosky’s The DeceptionsBy Carissa Chesanek
In her latest novel, The Deceptions, Jill Bialosky (History of a Suicide: My Sisters Unfinished Life) explores the cost of desire with an unnamed female protagonist on the quest for freedom and hope.
Tiffany McDaniel with Carissa Chesanek
I first learned of Tiffany McDaniels work while shopping around in a bookstore one hot summer years ago. I picked up what I considered a fitting title for that late August, McDaniels first novel, The Summer That Melted Everything. What I didnt expect was to fall desperately for her writing: the lush sentences, the specific details, and the characters that did melt your heart. She isnt afraid to tackle tough subjects, such as race, class, abuse, and trauma, and the impact our actions can have on everyone around us. McDaniel has a knack for creating characters you cant help but want to follow and root for by making even those unrelatable, relatable.
LINCOLN MICHEL, SAM J. MILLER, MONIQUE LABAN, ESHANI SURYA, and KEVIN NGUYEN with Carissa Chesanek
The horror genre is regaining major popularity. Despite living in these uncertain times, readers are now, more than ever, eager to get lost in something spooky. Goodreads reported there was a massive uptick in horror over the summer with books in the genre labeled as the most anticipated for readers.
Ida Jessen’s A Postcard for AnnieBy Carissa Chesanek
The Danish writer Ida Jessen (A Change of Time) masterfully explores the female voice in her latest short story collection, A Postcard for Annie. There are six stories in total, which are all remarkably real and relatable. At first, these stories may seem even too mundane with everyday chores of cooking and cleaning, fighting with ones spouse, or listening to a son badmouth his mother.
Jonathan Lee’s The Great MistakeBy Carissa Chesanek
The Great Mistake, a new novel by Jonathan Lee (High Dive), is about the life and death of Andrew Haswell Green, the fictional character who created New York. The narrator tells the story of New Yorks Famous Creator, walking us through the steps that lead to his untimely death in 1903, while uncovering Andrews quiet and oftentimes lonely world.
Jamie Figueroa’s Brother, Sister, Mother, ExplorerBy Carissa Chesanek
Jamie Figueroa's debut novel, Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer depicts the impact of trauma and loss within a family.
Kevin Careys Murder in the MarshBy Carissa Chesanek
Kevin Careys latest novel, Murder in the Marsh, is everything you could want in crime noir. Its gritty and face-paced, centering around a murky marsh and a down-and-out detective with a fuzzy past that haunts him.
Nicole Krausss To Be a ManBy Carissa Chesanek
Nicole Krausss latest book, To Be a Man, is the authors very first short story collection. As the title suggests, each story incorporates an awareness of masculinity and all its power, while relating to the roles of women. But the collection isnt merely about driving one gender against the other. Theres much more to it than that. Each story provides a sense of connection between real people and their everyday lives, much like the authors former books, including the William Saroyan International Prize Winner, The History of Love.
Jami Attenbergs I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself HomeBy Carissa Chesanek
Jami Attenbergs (The Middlesteins) new memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, is sort of a manifesto to the struggling writer. Well, at least it was for me. Each chapter explored the complications of pursuing creativity while getting knocked down in the process, both by the industry and by self-doubt, only to finally achieve some success and wonder what it all really means.
I Hold a Wolf by the EarsBy Carissa Chesanek
Laura van den Bergs latest short story collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, focuses on women trying to cope with whatever life brings them, which is usually something traumatic, sexist, and violent.