“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.”
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
The appeal of this series is its utter straightforwardness. No “stylin’.” Sheriff Dave Cubiak goes about his business, is confronted by a crime, and steps right in to solve it.
“[A] quiet book . . .
Sean, the main character in this novel, tells us there are two types of psychopaths. The first type is completely oblivious to their wrongdoing and can normalize even the most savage behavior.
“Bealport is often uproariously and corrosively funny.”
". . . a marvel-filled book."
Christine Mangan’s noir novel, Tangerine, draws a fine line between homage to Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels and downright copying or pastiche.
Atia Abawi, a journalist and an Afghan refugee who made it to Germany as a child, has written a deeply gripping and affecting novel about the global refugee crisis that continues across Europe toda
Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households.
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.”
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“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.”
“. . . outstanding on every level . . . heaven sent.”
The Hanging Garden, Patrick White’s posthumous novel, is absolutely luminous, its publication a gift.
“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.”