Aaron Coats

Finding What’s Lost in ‘Empire of Wild’ – Chicago Review of Books

Cherie Dimaline is a writer of indigenous stories. Her newest novel, Empire of Wild, focuses on a community of displaced Métis descendants who...

The Fear of Disappearing While Black in “The Vanishing Half” – Chicago Review of Books

Brit Bennett is an author outside of time. The Vanishing Half is a novel written a century after the Harlem Renaissance. It is...

Black Protest and the Revival of Folk Music in Ian Zack’s “Odetta” – Chicago Review of Books

The Civil Rights Movement produced some of the most iconic music ever created. While protest music is not a popular genre on most...

Bent but Not Broken – Chicago Review of Books

Remaining insulated from the real world is no longer an easy choice for Wallace in Brandon Taylor’s novel, Real Life. After discovering his...