“a deeply charming story full of complex insights delivered from a simple, humanistic point of view . . .”
“In The Town of Babylon, Alejandro Varela, whose educational background is in public health, combines a social scientist’s powers of observation and analysis with a master writer’s
“a carefully crafted work of fiction that makes good writing seem easy.”
“Family and home: They’re the grounding of this novel and of humanity.”
“All Come to Dust is one of the best African mysteries of the year.”
“Eleutheria . . .
“soars on the strength of language and passion for the ideas [the author] works hard to depict here, so that if you loved The Sympathizer, and you don’t mind the insistent history
Isabel Allende is a wonderful storyteller. Her distinct voice and her vivid imagination have delighted readers for many years now.
“Pankaj Mishra’s new novel is no less stimulating and insightful than anything else he has written, although there’s no tightly hewn plot here—and the drama that matters is internal.”
“Past and present, fact and fiction loop and intersect, echoes of history filter into modern life . . .”
“a tale of love—platonic, familial, romantic—and of forgiveness and growth, along with acceptance of what life doles out.”
One of the joys of reading literature is discovering an astute author’s powers of observation and finding these deliciously woven throughout the narrative.
“a fascinating piece of writing from a master storyteller”
New Year is a novel about uncontrollable panic, repressed trauma, and the psychological patterns that persist in their aftermath.
“Ultimately, Perpetual West is an engaging tapestry of ideas.”
Hidden women abound in all sectors of society, nearly all cultures, and throughout history, threatening powerful, dominant men who fear losing their power and prestige.
“To Paradise illustrates the power of narrative to make sense of our chaotic lives and even to endow them with beauty.”
“This is Joella’s first novel, and it’s an assured performance, full of nicely observed detail. It may not have a Big Theme, but it has lots and lots of heart.”
“succeeds, thanks to Seckin’s unrelentingly honest excavations and sharply beautiful language.”
Louise Nealon has been, fairly and unfairly, compared to Sally Rooney, and with her first novel, Snowflake, she seems poised for prizes and movie adaptations.
“Tell Me How to Be . . . offers one view of what it is like to be an Indian American in contemporary America.”
“Medusa’s Ankles opens with a haunting and strangely gentle ghost story (‘A July Ghost’) and ends with a terse contemporary fable about our feckless destruction of the planet (‘Sea
“at a single-word turning point the context shifts and all previous assumptions are cast aside . . .”
“Small Things Like These is a succinct, heart and soul story of a man coming to terms with a consciousness born of his personal narrative.
“Owen is a master storyteller and creator of consistent plotting and pacing, seamlessly navigated with characters that are real flesh and blood, and sometimes deeply flawed.”