FROM Parul Sehgal
Elena Ferrante's 'The Story of the Lost Child' Elena Ferrante is maybe the most famous unknown novelist in the world. She's the bestselling, acclaimed author of six books. She's been called the most important Italian writer of her generation. But nobody knows who she is. Elena Ferrante isn't her real name. She's never given a public, in-person interview, and there are no pictures of her online. Ferrante's latest novel, The Story of the Lost Child , came out this week. It's the fourth and final volume of her "Neapolitan novels," a series about best two best friends, Lena and Lila.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.