“Whether Jim Shepard is a prophet or just a great writer with a clever concept, we’ll probably never really know.
“For the reader who expects an exciting spy thriller, this book does not deliver. The plot is less exciting, but Starford’s premise holds water.”
“it is in the quietest moments that this novel finds its greatest strengths.”
Every year, there is a pilgrimage (of sorts).
“Sometimes the highway doesn’t take you all that far.”
Yaara Shehori’s novel Aquarium follows the lives of sisters Dori and Lili Ackerman, apparently deaf children being raised by deaf parents in relative poverty in a nameless country in some
“Of Women and Salt is a beautifully written novel that turns like a kaleidoscope in the light, illuminating the blurry delineation of who is an insider and who an outsider.”
Readers can count on bestselling author Jessica Anya Blau for a breezy coming-of-age story about a nice, middle-class, teenage girl who learns about life during a tumultuous summer with an offbeat
Jessie van Eerden has created a surprising protagonist and a moving story full of unexpected moments that never stretch into the bizarre or unrealistic.
“Leonora in the Morning Light is less a story about love, and more a story about finding your own authentic voice.
As quietly as snow falling on “every tip of the picket fence that leaned drunkenly toward the road, . . .
This book is a good example of how packaging and promotion can hit or miss with an audience.
In Marisa Silver’s book, The Mysteries, she tackles the conundrum of relationships—of family, of friends, of children, of adults. And therein lies the mystery of the title.
“For those who want a close-up portrait of a complex society with a rich history and plenty of contradictions, My Old Home is an excellent place to begin.”
The question of literature composed in a second language is a vexed and interesting one.
“Nava is an impassioned writer who has once again created a fascinating picture of Los Angeles at an earlier, less enlightened time, centering on gay men trying to shed the shame they have
Lynette’s alarm goes off at 3:15 a.m. She is 30 years old. She wears ten-year-old sweats and wool socks to bed. Her room’s warmth depends on a portable heater; it doesn’t work very well.
“A unique and heartfelt story that taps into an uncommon family dynamic, showcasing how love is resilient and healing, even among the broken and the brokenhearted.”
“In its winding subterranean travelogue, and profoundly evocative, allegorical blues surrealism, The Man Who Lived Underground reads less like a follow-up to Wright’s naturalist
Jacob Dinezon (1851–1919) has been a commanding figure in late 19th century Eastern European Jewish literature.
“Sathian, who writes with great assurance and verve, wields her pen like a magnifying lens to examine the foibles of immigrants who are high achievers but somewhat insular and insecure.”
“While unpolished in places, Open Water is the work of a talented and promising young writer.”
“With such dark and treacherous secrets, the men of The Lamplighters echo the force of the seas around them.
The Twilight Zone is a novel about the long and brutal dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet in Chile from 1973 to 1990, yes.