At first glance, the timing of New York Review Books Classics’ rerelease of Helen Weinzweig’s Basic Black with Pearls is almost as intriguing as the novel itself.
“This book will be a welcome addition to modern-day discussions of women’s rights, multiculturalism, and online technologies.”
It is said that imitation is the purest form of flattery. Be that true, the question becomes what hold does a feeble imitation of a literary classic have on flattery.
Will Dando, a 20-something down on his luck New York musician, wakes one morning filled with a dream that accurately predicts 108 future events.
“. . . reminiscent of any of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series, with more than a maddening touch of Werner Herzog.”
“a haunting story of one man’s determination to assuage his grief by keeping the dead alive and another man’s struggle to give them peace.”
“a story of long-ago trauma causing a deep psychological split of a person’s consciousness.”
“unbearable suspense, spine-tingling, tension-filled, terrifying, shocking and totally unexpected ending.”
“a fabulously complex and mysterious tale that is full of atmosphere and suspense.”
Fiction writers exist in their imagination as they search for ideas to put into a novel. Liza Cole, with one bestseller to her credit, is frustrated with her editor.
“a disturbing, yet masterful tale of murder and how childhood trauma may affect even those determined to rise above it . . . ”
The award-winning Irish novelist Bernard MacLaverty is a master at revealing a universe in just a few words.
“Read The Quiet Child for the absorbing story, strong characterizations, and entertaining writing.”
Katie Kitamura’s A Separation begins with a young woman embarking on a trip to Greece.
“Three Drops of Blood and a Cloud of Cocaine is Quentin Mouron’s English-language debut, and what a debut it is.”
Gabe Habash’s debut is a masterful exploration of the human condition and survival through a fragile, flawed character.
War is hell. War is also peace. Hate is hate, but hate is also love.
“enthralling . . . a seductive and mesmerizing thriller.”
“a psychological puzzle box that ultimately explores multiple levels of illicit passions.”
“From Italy’s agricultural heartland, largely an autodidact, Walter Ferranini doubts the sincerity of claims for the dignity accorded labor by ideological spokesmen for the post-war communist regim
“An engaging suspense thriller despite its major gaffe in the ending’s twist. Novel in its concept and construction, this is one unsettling book.”
“Deeply engaged in the connection with the physical body and the human soul . . .”
The setting for this debut novel by Lindsey Lee Johnson is a high school in the over-privileged enclave of Mill Valley, California.
“a remarkable accomplishment in literary suspense.”
Tens of millions of Americans live in suburbs, so it’s not surprising to see so many readers gravitating toward stories that happen there. The literary crowd loved the way John Cheever wrote them.