The sophomore issue of The Collagist went live the first part of this week and it does not suffer from the old sophomore flop. The new issue includes my review of Ornela Vorpsi's The Country Where No One Ever Dies. Here's the opening of the review:
Albanian life in Ornela Vorpsi’s The Country Where No One Ever Dies revolves around sex, communist rule, and—despite the book's title—death. The book is separated into titled vignettes, reflecting the fissured self of a young girl living among the ruins of reason. Constantly accused of being or becoming a whore and dealing with her father’s disappearance and imprisonment as a political prisoner, this protagonist escapes into the otherworld of books, where even tragic novels and the darkest of Grimm’s Fairy Tales are a reprieve from her absurd world . . .
In Issue 2, you'll find fiction by Angi Becker Stevens, Elizabeth Crane, Jonathan Callahan, Sean Lovelace; novel excerpts from Stephen Elliott, Edward Falco; poetry by Jason Bredle, Rachel Contreni Flynn, Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney, Christopher Kennedy, Jamaal May; non-fiction by Erik Anderson; book reviews by Brian Allen Carr, Anna Clark, Darby Dixon III, Jill Meyers, John Madera, Stacy Muszynski, and Keith Taylor