Debut Novelist Alert: RIVKA GALCHEN

Generally, I can take or leave the fiction in The New Yorker. But the March 24 issue, featuring Rivka Galchen’s "The Region of Unlikeness," revived my confidence in the magazine’s selection criteria. Galchen’s story, whose seductively disorienting plot revolves around the grandfather paradox, was so strong, so singular, I’m committed to reading her debut novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, when it publishes in June. If Beth Andersen’s starred 5/1 LJ review is any indication—in which she describes the novel as “rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling”—the bits that nipped in The New Yorker burn on as brightly there.