“With her two Walter Mosley-like gifts—impeccable narrative pacing and masterful command of Los Angeles’ intricate, evolving dynamics of race and class—Nina Revoyr’s L.A.
“Peter Rock does dazzling things with meta-crypto-autobiography in The Night Swimmers, playfully commingling curation and creation, and wrestling with a writer’s c
“Real discussions about race are complex, and so is good art. Savage Conversations breaks apart the myth of the Lincolns as white saviors.
“unusual and often gripping novel . . .”
“This is Natt Och Dag’s first published novel, but it seems too skillful and too assured to be his first writing.
“Ghosts, elementals, demons, and even the dreaded wendigo all appear here, and most have starring roles in the best horror stories evert committed to paper.”
“This is a rare coming-of-age story so richly told and wholly captivating that Czapnik may in time find herself held up and used as the example of what fine literary writing is all about.”
“Death Is Hard Work is a short book, but one learns more detail of the life of war than from a hundred newspaper and TV reports.
Wanderer is a beautifully written (albeit translated from the French) short novel detailing the tortured friendship between two men, a young composer living in Eastern France, and his form
“77 is, among other things, a potent reminder of the gruesome paths of totalitarian dictators.”
A beautifully written novel, translated from the Italian, with a heartwarming story against a backcloth of misery and degradation, about a priest and a gang of boys and one of the boy’s sister, 16-
“Leung has enormous potential as a writer, but there’s a layer of complexity that separates her writing from the seas of deep emotion.”
" It’s fascinating to look back at life centuries ago, to imagine the people and their circumstance, and this novel fleshes them out with an assured storytelling style."
“Goulash is a fun read, but to quote Gertrude Stein, out of context, ‘there’s no there there.’”
“The Nine Cloud Dream is inhabited by Buddhist philosophy—the world of dust is illusion and all the earthly scheming, deceptions, plots, and sensual pleasures are transient and ult
Calcutta-born Neel Mukherjee, whose prior work has been both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and cited as a New York Times 2018 Notable Book listing, is often compared to V. S.
“Braithwaite has the ability to interject the unexpected and interpolate the tension.”
This novel is promoted by the publisher as “a dramatic and moving re-imagining of the characters from Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea,” albeit in a different location and context.
“The novel may be cool as it opens, but the ending is white hot. Both the unnamed family and the anonymous migrant children succeed as individual characters.
“J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.”
“a smart, entertaining and highly readable novel, one that should appeal to a diverse audience.”
Sergio De La Pava’s Lost Empress begins with all the right things, interesting plot, smart dialogue, and punning wordplay but sadly, like a child’s letting go of an untied balloon, Los
Meredith Hunt is accosted on the bike trail while jogging, and Ace Vance and his teenage son Finn come to her rescue.
“W. S. Merwin’s The Mays of Ventadorn beautifully combines literary autobiography with literary history . . .”
“a wild ride into the unknown.”