New in Paperback: ‘Girl in Black and White’ and ‘Know My Name’

New in Paperback: ‘Girl in Black and White’ and ‘Know My Name’

THE WORLD DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU: Stories, by Rion Amilcar Scott. (Liveright, 320 pp., $16.95.) Scott sets this collection, like his first, in a fictional, mostly black utopian community founded after “the only successful slave revolt in the nation’s history.” An “impressive myth-slayer,” our reviewer, Salamishah Tillet, wrote, he shows that “sidelining” white racist characters doesn’t erase the effects of slavery.

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD, by Olga Tokarczuk. Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. (Riverhead, 288 pp., $17.) When men turn up dead in a Polish village near the Czech Republic’s border after a hunter chokes on a deer bone, an eccentric recluse says the perpetrators “could be Animals” in this whodunit by the 2018 Nobel laureate that our reviewer, Sloane Crosley, called “marvelously weird and fablelike.”

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR, by Richard Roper. (Putnam, 352 pp., $17.) For five years, after “a miscommunication he failed to correct,” the single, childless protagonist of this “winning,” funny debut novel set in the U.K. has convinced his co-workers he’s happily married with two children. Now his boss is asking each employee to host a dinner at his/her home. While acknowledging a few flaws, our reviewer, Jillian Medoff confessed, “I loved this novel with my whole heart.”

OVERTHROW, by Caleb Crain. (Penguin, 416 pp., $17.) Our reviewer, Julian Lucas, described Crain’s second work of fiction, set during Occupy Wall Street in 2011 and exploring “the fallout that occurs when friendship’s intimate ambiguities become ammunition in an information war,” as “a 19th-century social novel for the 21st-century surveillance state.”

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