“Though too untethered to a timeline to comprise a traditional rise-and-fall saga, American Pop delivers a wondrously mosaic-like, multigenerational chronicle of a family that buil
“‘You have to forget the past so that you can live the future,’ a Syrian immigrant tells Jonas, revealing Lichtman’s key for Jonas to move forward through his pain.”
“Feltman’s supreme ability to capture the emotional reality of her characters’ lives compels the reader forward. . . . a successful debut . . .”
“Schweblin delivers an unadulterated emotional impact—she succeeds, time and time again.
“Despite the richness of Cander’s prose, in The Weight of a Piano she crafts a novel that staggers somewhat under its own weight and the weight it carries of its alienated and ofte
“Gornick has given her readers a tale suffused with pathos and moral imperative, which tugs kindly and powerfully at our hearts.”
“Familial bonds are shattered, hearts are broken, and secrets are withheld until the ugly truth is exposed, making The Winter Sister a mesmerizing and complex thriller.”
Crystal Hannah Kim’s celebrated debut novel can either be read as a tragic love story, in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet, or as a feminist parable of a woman victimized by the Korean wa
“Schumann has an eye for detail, an ear for the rhythmical sentence, and a voice that is clear and resonant.”
“a novel of considerable power that explores identity at the personal, social, and national level. It also has the elements of a mystery.
“Half of What You Hear is a character driven, dishy, gossipy, fun read . . .”
“A story that is a sort of a Groundhog Day in the afterlife, Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return is a worthwhile, thoughtful—and hilarious—read.”
In the fairy tale mashup Stain, Princess Lyra is born with skin so pale that it burns in the sun and so delicate it bruises just by touching.
A Ladder to the Sky is not a book you want to love.
“It is a novel replete with the joy, cynicism, excitement, frustration, and other deep emotions that we often find accompanying any worthwhile, profound learning experience.”
“a perfect read in today's political climate.”
“In Ullmann’s artful hands, the sadness of witnessing the physical and mental decline of her father has been transformed into a unique and intimate recitation of a child’s love.
“perhaps Dawson is a gardener, gently lifting away weeds and leaving the reader ready for the seeds she will sow.”
“Although Amsterdam Noir doesn’t hit the heights of other entries in the city noir anthology series, it remains an appealing compendium, with welcome doses of local color and atmos
The publication of poet Sylvia Plath’s newly discovered short story, Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom, follows the highly acclaimed second and final volume of her letters (The Letter
"quite a nicely baked short yarn, rather than a novel, but written a bit like a soufflé, rising in the oven but when eaten there isn’t that much substance."
"If [Madhuri Vijay] goes on like this she will enter the first rank along with Arundhati Roy, Anita Desai, Vikram Seth, and half a dozen others. We will see much more of her."
“Author David R. Gillham has taken the brave, difficult risk of turning an icon into a real teenager.”
This is not your mother’s Anne Frank.
Most alternate histories reimagine big turning points or the momentous decisions of famous people.
“It is surprising what Mailer can accomplish when he stops posing and simply writes.”