Emma Donoghue is a magnificent writer, but Akin is not her best novel. Still, it’s a high bar.
“This is a story that is so absorbing and told so briskly it can be devoured in one or two lengthy sittings. It is well worth clearing one’s schedule to do so.”
Readers of literature, especially those trained in the classics, come to every book and novel with not-so-deeply-buried expectations that the book they’re about to open, the story they’re about to
“Some native Hawaiians today might argue that Captain Putnam was misguided in searching for pirates in the South Pacific, because the real pirates had already arrived in Hawaii under the gu
“You will end up in love with Olive because she is a ton of well-written fun. You’ll enjoy her musings and put-downs and her reflections.
“Rafala seems to love language as much as his characters love their farms and their patron saint. That’s a powerful combination, and it fuels a compelling novel.”
No one can understand the torment of postpartum depression unless they go through it.
“In this exquisitely written, psychologically sophisticated novel, rich in insight and sensitivity to human vulnerability, Anshaw suggests that shared tragedies do not nece
“Walbert’s prose is undeniably lovely, and her stories evoke vivid moments in time.”
“This finely textured novel is made up of many . . . small, intimate moments, yet the effect is sweeping, grand, and lavish—and all deeply moving.”
“Nell Zink’s new book, Doxology, may prove both the consummate post-punk post-9/11 novel, and a bracing addition to the noisy Lower East Side literary canon that dates back to Henr
"Combining satire, magical realism, and Salman Rushdie’s signature vibrant prose, Quichotte has twists and turns that linger long after the final page."
“Long before immigration was a topic we debated daily, sometimes hourly, Edwidge Danticat wrote for, and about, immigrants.”
“Keeping Lucy is a profound tale of a mother's unconditional love for her child and her commitment to go to any lengths to protect her.”
It might be hard to imagine that a novel about a Senegalese immigrant living in the countryside of Flanders would have anything to say about our current world crisis over immigration but that’s whe
Cassie Hanwell once wanted to be a physician, but now finds her niche working as an EMT/firefighter.
“a subtle novel that pulls you into the minutae of the story. The delight is in the detail.
“David Szalay’s art accomplishes what arithmetic can’t: The whole adds up to more than its individual components, and in sum his Turbulence is a tour de force.”
Sixteen-year-old Brin Collins believes her life is falling apart. It all began when Delia, her mother got pregnant.
Many people go through the empty-nest syndrome when their children leave home. Some look forward to their newfound freedom, but some become depressed.
The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman is a novel about intellectuals. Or rather, it’s a novel about marriage and American village life as seen through intellectual eyes.
Henry Maxwell, the main character in Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel, Henry Himself, is an expert moderator at fraught family dinners.
In The Dream Daughter, time travel, the Vietnam War, North Carolina, and the modern digital world are all backdrop for a mother’s connection with and devotion to her unborn child.
“Kwon wraps up the mystery of Sylvie’s disappearance at the end, but the discovery of how these characters change throughout the novel may be the more important journey.”
“Weir’s presentation of Anna is interesting, intense, filled with myriad crises, and a fast read.”