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.
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
“a story of loyalty between those who are brothers in spirit if not in reality . . .”
Can a man experience a coming of age after he becomes an adult?
“I come not to praise The Buried Giant, but to bury it. Alas.”
“Richard Ford has established himself as one of contemporary America’s most interesting storytellers.
“The Snow Queen is an oddity. In some ways a parody of a Michael Cunningham novel, in other ways, a splendid dip into a deep well of literary thought.”
“If it’s The Sound of Music you’re after, this one’s definitely not for you.”
Think the music business is sleazy?
“Explore Mr. Gray's earlier works since this one is clearly not one of his strongest.”
“. . . a great work of art . . .”
“Gavin Extence has written a book that is richer, more lucid than it seems on its surface.”
“. . . sometimes poignant, often funny, and generally believable.”
“Nearly forgotten today, Mr. Wellman was nominated for a Pulitzer. . . . a worthy chapter in the timeline of fiction devoted to the supernatural.”
“. . . long, depressing, and plodding.”
“. . . funny, romantic, a bit racy, and definitely enjoyable.”
“. . . the uneven execution of the plot prevents Resolve from achieving its full potential.”
“Sweet Tooth is wonderfully misleading, absolutely delectable, and very smart. And it is still a love story.”
“In The Homegoing we enter this world as outsiders, but through Michael Olin-Hitt’s tender revelations we experience a sense of coming home.”
“Mr. Lodge writes beautifully . . . irresistible . . .”
“. . . on the shortlist of the best graphic novels of 2012 . . .”
“. . . recommended to anyone . . .
“Mark Haddon is a talented novelist who knows how to create sympathetic, fallible, fumbling, well meaning, real characters . . .”
“These stories torment readers with the possibilities and unfulfilled potential . . .”
“You and Me doubles down on that Seinfeldian quality of being a book about nothing. . . . more anti-novel than novel.”
Anne Blythe’s best friend Sarah is getting married. On top of that, Anne is coming off the most destructive of her generally unhealthy relationships—this one to a guy named Stuart.
“With works such as Isaac: A Modern Fable under his belt, Ivan Goldman may not be a ‘minor novelist’ for very much longer.”