“The Orphan of the Salt Winds is a gothic novel both because of its sinister setting—an old, remote house filled with secrets and surrounded by danger—and a heavy
“more than just a police procedural set in the Southwest, it’s a reading experience not to be missed. Anne Hillerman has reached a new level of storytelling . .
“Not only did this novel . . .
“This debut novel is nothing short of compelling . . . a captivating and haunting tale.”
“I have always preferred to disguise my feelings from others.”—almost every character in almost every short story by Gerald Murnane.
“The Affairs of the Falcóns, though marred by repetition, is a deep dive into the impossible world of the undocumented in today’s society.”
Renee Gladman’s Morelia is a novella about the sentence. Well, no. Not really.
Nell Freudenberger opens Lost and Wanted with wicked good literary instinct: “In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently.
“Hold Fast Your Crown thrives on Haenel’s buoyant prose, which remains unabashedly overstuffed and declamatory, pell-mell and poetic, throughout a weird and winding tale.”
A parent's worst nightmare is to have a child kidnapped. This is what happens to Claire Rawlings—times two.
“Matt's eyes were on me, but he was still looking right through me. ‘I think she's dead.’”
“Readers can get really caught up in S. H.’s discovery of her young self.
The first page of When All Is Said is an advertisement from a Thomas Dollard for an “Edward VIII Gold Sovereign Coin, 1936. Willing to pay top price.”
“A timely, and more importantly, a vivid, often searing examination of the lives, attitudes, and emotional baggage of immigrants and Americans in a small California town.”
“Hempel’s stripped-down prose carries enormous emotional weight. Her writing is devoid of all clichés.
“Englander finds fascinating ways to explore another of his great recurring themes: the points at which modernity and tradition may fruitfully, if uncomfortably—and always
“Gingerbread is a phenomenal book, haunting and dark and ravenous.”
Ilya Kaminsky’s second book of poetry, Deaf Republic, contains some of the most exquisite lines you’ll find in contemporary poetry, lines that vibrate with soft-spoken yet urgent, ethical
When 15-year-old Jackie Stone’s father is diagnosed with a brain tumor, it sends her into a tailspin. Her father is her world.
“The Parade is a deeply felt book that defies easy labels.”
“Little Boy will delight you again and again. It is rich and playful poetry disguised as a novel, and it is pure Ferlinghetti.”
Few mothers can imagine having strong enough ties with their family that they would choose to leave a daughter behind. This is that story.
If you are an admirer of the FBI and/or the CIA you may not like this book, but you still should read it. The FBI is seen as too bureaucratic for its own good and many of its agents inept.
“Scenes from the Heartland is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.”
Beautiful Days is a collection of short stories by author Joyce Carol Oates that originally appeared elsewhere.