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3 fresh female voices sound off in their complex new novels

The Mars Room
In National Book Award nominee Rachel Kushner’s latest, which explores the dark realities of the prison system, a woman is sentenced to two life terms in Central California for killing her stalker. (Scribner, $27).

The Ensemble
Aja Gabel’s rhythmic debut novel follows four members of a string quartet through the years as they juggle life events while remaining devoted to the gods of music. (Riverhead Books, $26).

The Pisces
Poet and author Melissa Broder spins a tale of a woman who, post-breakup, navigates love addiction group therapy, Tinder, and an obsession with a mysterious beach dweller. Forget vampires—merman erotica may be the next big thing. (Hogarth, $25).


This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of C Magazine.