In a nation of immigrants, at a time when immigration is the hot topic, it is refreshing to read a novel in which hyphenated Americans have a chance, without political scrutiny, to express the tug
Three-dimensional chess barely conveys the multiple levels, breadth, and ambition that comprise Book of Numbers, Joshua Cohen’s epic of the Internet age and fourth novel.
“a compelling read, an unflinching exploration of one of life’s most inexplicable horrors.”
“Sometimes the world tells you to do something new.”
“a perfect summer read.”
The Sweetheart Deal is a solid first novel by Polly Dugan, which in spite of the sweetness of the title, never strays toward sappiness.
“This is a novel for the bold of heart.”
“Gritty and very realistic in places, this is a joyful, rewarding read.”
The Festival of Insignificance, 86 year old Czech-French writer Milan Kundera’s new and possibly last work of fiction after a 13-year hiatus, presents many of the features—a thin plot and
“I was beaten with a baseball bat in front of my students. My dog committed suicide.
Small towns are known for their residents being privy to everyone's business, and this is especially true in this novel set in Nantucket.
"Well worth reading!"
“. . . the issue was that even though all he wanted was for everyone to be happy, he kept doing things that made people unhappy.”
This is a superb novel: luminous and illuminating. You’ll gallop through every page and then read it again. British author Sarah Hall is a writer’s writer . . . as well as a reader’s best friend.
“airy, romantic chick lit . . . but beware of trigger themes treated with . . . lightness.”
Once again we are invited to the quaint, fictitious seacoast town of Marshbury, Massachusetts, and into the lives of the Irish close-knit Hurilhy family.
But for a few years in the early nineties, when a combination of big new rackets, big new servers, dogmatic coaching, and fast courts made it all rather boring (for spectators and, quite possibly,
It’s summertime, so the living should be easy, right? Well, not so much for Sophie Anderson, the heroine of Nancy Thayer’s new beach book, The Guest Cottage.
Kate Atkinson is a brilliant novelist, an historian, a tease, a practical joker; she’s empathetic, adventuresome, erudite. By now she's also probably quite wealthy . . . and with good reason.
“It’s likely that Atkinson is looking at another award winner with A God in Ruins.”
“Images are so clear it’s hard to believe you’re not in the story yourself, and people are so well drawn you’d swear you know them personally.”
“lovely . . .”
“Brendan Duffy keeps readers on a rollercoaster of mystery and suspense, saving the best for last.”
“I simply wanted to be left alone.” Those words are spoken by Father Odran Yates, the main character and narrator in John Boyne’s novel, A History of Loneliness.
“How glibly addicts deceive themselves.”
“compelling and masterful”
“Those were certainly the good old days.”