Literary Fiction

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A good translation can make or break a book. It’s entirely possible for an exquisite novel to be perceived as lacking, inaccesible, or plain not good enough when translated into another language.

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“In an age of dwindling attention spans for serious reflection and stimulating journalism, True Stories & Other Essays provides intelligence and verve.”

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“Paris in the Present Tense deserves to be read and devoured. It is nearly a perfect contemporary novel.”

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On December 9, 2016 Australian writer Georgia Blain died from a brain tumor. Her life contained more than its share of tragedies and disappointments.

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“Genre and gender bending, erudite and steamy, Machado’s stories manage to defy expectation and be compulsively readable.”

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What happened to the amazing Jennifer Egan who wrote the genre-bending, Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad and the intricately haunting bestseller The Keep?

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“an insightful and astute snapshot of obsession.” 

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“a lovely story . . . a tale for those who continue to look for magic in the world . . .”

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There are not many recent novels about life in Iran.

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With her bestselling debut Everything I Never Told You and now her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng has indisputably proved that she is a master at mining the rel

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“. . . a fascinating cross-section of those tales that become the forebears of the many science fiction/fantasy stories of our 20th and 21st centuries.”

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"skillfully woven . . ."

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Montana and noir are not a natural fit, as the editors of this short story collection readily acknowledge in their introduction: “No doubt the state’s beauty will . . .

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The Burning Girl by Claire Messud relates the story of a close childhood friendship between Julia and Cassie that collapses by middle school as the girls grow apart and Cassie becomes trou

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The award-winning Irish novelist Bernard MacLaverty is a master at revealing a universe in just a few words.

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Orly Castel-Bloom is best known for her 1992 (2010 in English translation) dystopian darkly satirical post-modern science fiction novel Dolly City (also reviewed in NYJB), which has been i

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Like most of the nine other novels by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, The Red-Haired Woman is a story that personalizes political, cultural, and philosophical conflicts, especially east vs.

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“the best, most exciting novel published this year. Action, suspense, heroism, sacrifice for a cause greater than the individual . . .”

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When Cork O’Connor’s new wife Rainy Bisonette receives a garbled phone message from her son in which he seems to confess to murdering someone named Rodriguez, she and Cork rush down from Minnesota

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“Gravel Heart is a look at an era and a culture that’s not often showcased in the literary world.”

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". . . prose is clever and taut and generously seasoned with nouns verbing their way into literary history."

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After two novels in French Camille Bordas’ first novel in English is a bittersweet gem with wise, witty, and charming appeal.

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“perfect summer reading for all of us who desperately need a break from the stress and worry of today’s modern world and depend on the creative power of writers to deliver it to us.”

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“Barzini mythologizes the Valley of the ’90s, as well as her own adolescence. With her unpretentious yet stylized language she turns the mundane into something sacred.”

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“Fierce Kingdom is a novel that crackles with tension and danger. . . . Do yourself a favor and devour this book before the inevitable movie premiere.”

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