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“I come not to praise The Buried Giant, but to bury it. Alas.”

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“Richard Ford has established himself as one of contemporary America’s most interesting storytellers.

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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.”

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“If it’s The Sound of Music you’re after, this one’s definitely not for you.”

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“Explore Mr. Gray's earlier works since this one is clearly not one of his strongest.”

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“. . . a great work of art . . .”

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“Gavin Extence has written a book that is richer, more lucid than it seems on its surface.”

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“. . . sometimes poignant, often funny, and generally believable.”

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“Nearly forgotten today, Mr. Wellman was nominated for a Pulitzer. . . . a worthy chapter in the timeline of fiction devoted to the supernatural.”

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“Sweet Tooth is wonderfully misleading, absolutely delectable, and very smart. And it is still a love story.”

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“In The Homegoing we enter this world as outsiders, but through Michael Olin-Hitt’s tender revelations we experience a sense of coming home.”

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“Mark Haddon is a talented novelist who knows how to create sympathetic, fallible, fumbling, well meaning, real characters . . .”

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“These stories torment readers with the possibilities and unfulfilled potential . . .”

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“You and Me doubles down on that Seinfeldian quality of being a book about nothing. . . . more anti-novel than novel.”

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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.

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“With works such as Isaac: A Modern Fable under his belt, Ivan Goldman may not be a ‘minor novelist’ for very much longer.”

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“Mark Leyner is a take-no-prisoners author, one who challenges his readers to either keep up or give up, no apologies made.

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“All told, Joan Frank has not disgraced herself by any means, nor has she created anything to enhance her very good reputation.

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“As in Zeroville, Mr. Erickson’s previous novel, These Dreams of You is told in short kinetic bursts, some no longer than a paragraph, and moves at a propulsive pace.

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“Ms. Tyler’s plainspoken prose, rich character development and keen eye for the essential goodness of human beings continue to serve her, and us, well. Even the sound of a doorbell . . .

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