John Cyrus Bellman—widower, farmer, and father to a ten-year-old daughter—seems to surprise even himself one day when he decides to leave everything behind to head west in search of “a creature ent
“well written, masterfully translated . . . rewards rereading.”
“a novel of friendships balanced with hate, set against the backdrop of a primitive landscape . . .”
“a lovely story . . . a tale for those who continue to look for magic in the world . . .”
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?
". . . a beautifully written novel."
Sir John Halberd is found dead in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London.
The Mother’s Promise is a chick-lit tearjerker that nevertheless conveys with sympathy and some depth the stories of four Northern California women who face difficult health and family pro
As with many great novels that take chances, Monsieur Houellebecq’s latest offering has been overshadowed by controversy, particularly when first published in France, his homeland.
Michel Houellebecq, the enfant terrible of French letters, is no longer an enfant and Submission is far from terrible, but his latest novel is, as usual, an even
“a fully realized and mature work of fiction . . .”
“amazing . . . original and experimental . . .”
“Despite the constant rain, the black lava fields, black ocean, endless black sand, and the interminable twilight, this is not a dark novel.”
“This is a book to be read for the same joy one garners from listening to Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’—again and again.”
“A Walk Across the Sun is the kind of literature that should be celebrated and honored.”
“. . . luscious prose filled with richness, depth, and meaning. Each bite satiates . . .”
“A splendid and sometimes startling read.”
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“Murder at the Lanterne Rouge is wonderfully plotted, and Cara Black ties together the past and present with élan. We’ll always have Paris.”
“. . . this is a story about the subtle shadings between truth and performance, between acting and the ‘true self’ which we present to the world.
“This is an important literary occasion. . . . The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq is one of the rare books that merits and rewards a second reading.”
“We Are All Equally Far from Love is not a book to be picked up and put down.