“Thammavongsa says vital things about the immigrant experience: how refugees strive to fit in and yet retain cultural traditions; how race is entwined with class; and how family is, in the
“Young Once is an elegant noir written by a master prose stylist.”
“it’s the perennial conflict between motherhood and career, but not the way most readers might expect.”
“The Beetle is a fine period piece, as well as an entertaining mystery that has withstood the test of time.”
“Southern gothic novels such as Blackwood are not for the fainthearted, but for those who love symbolism, metaphor, and complex characters filled with angst and tortured self-refle
Julia Alvarez is a good storyteller, as anyone who has read her most well-known novels, In the Time of the Butterflies, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, knows.
Sin eaters are historically marginal figures, outcasts of Britain who ate bread from coffins to absolve the sins of the dead.
“an engaging and fast-moving ride in the company of memorable characters, both good and bad, across a troubling social, cultural, historical and still timely landscape.”
“Nemens is a skilled writer who captures the many dramas and nuances of spring training.”
“Rob Doyle’s writing leaves us with—'the sense, euphoric and terrifying, that everything was possible again.’”
“To describe Lewinson’s smart, lean, sharp prose as all over the place is praise indeed in the case of this remarkable novella.”
“Call me Ishmael.”
“Meta-textual, self-reflexive, obscurely funny, and playful beyond easy articulation, it’s the perfect book for readers who delight in ‘the materiality of . . .
"Because it’s so topical and #MeToo and yet not #MeToo at all, because it’s written with so many nuanced and believable details, My Dark Vanessa is gripping from the first
“Luke Geddes has an undeniable sense of Americana, and his work shows real promise.”
Some of the most important fiction in the opening decades of the 21st century has come from Ireland, and Paul Lynch is one of the leading lights of this postmodern Irish Renaissance.
“It's an unforgettable experience. The author is an extraordinary writer . . .”
“The Night Watchman is above all a story of resilience. . . .
“The best readership for this novel may be those most fascinated by the real or imagined lives of artists, a journey that King has portrayed effectively and compassionately with well-crafte
“Zigman is an excellent writer who knows how to keep all the balls in the air.
We are all actors in the comedy and drama of our own lives, caught in a story inherited from family, redrawn by fate, and reconstructed by us as we look dizzily backward.
“Discover a brooding and eerie gothic tale of a wonderland filled with something other than wonder, and a fairyland that is dark and dangerous.”
“Weather is a well-crafted, profound, unsettling, and deeply resonant work.”
“Mother Tongue is a slim volume of less than 100 pages, but any reader making a small investment in time will reap a windfall return of reading pleasure.”
“Meech’s story may be a fiction, but it’s told with charm, wit, a smattering of bloody realism, some of the longest sentences this side of Robinson Crusoe, and a complete lack of q
“In this ancient myth transformed into a frightening Gothic tale, author Jess Kidd has created a winsome but tough heroine in Bridie Devine, whom readers could happily follow through a seri