Novels of mystery and suspense and thrillers more often than not turn on event rather than on complex emotion.
“A steady undercurrent of tension runs through The Frightened Ones as Suleima’s relationship with her inner world and the one around her are constantly on the point of fracturing.”
“moments of brilliance . . .”
“The Summer of Kim Novak brings back to life that adolescent quandary of feeling like you know more than the adults around you, but being desperately afraid that y
Among the masterful short story writers of the 18th century in Russia—Turgenev, Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy—it is Anton Chekhov whose words are most known outside of the motherland because
“Friend offers a fascinating glimpse into the realities of North Korean life.
“Young Once is an elegant noir written by a master prose stylist.”
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.
“The Man Without Talent deserves its standing as a manga classic.
It may be tough to read complex novels in these days of social media platforms and fast food fiction, but Mama Hissa's Mice by Saud Al-Sanousi, translated by Sawad Hussain, is worth your t
“Hidden and Visible Realms does make for pleasurable and fast reading.
Even readers familiar with Afghanistan’s years of travail under Soviet occupation and Taliban rule, including the trauma of American military intervention, will discover aspects of those times to p
“an ambitious, skillfully written book.”
“Only when Isabel finally learns the truth about her mother’s past will she be able to . . . move forward with her own life.
Arguably the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji was written by a Japanese noblewoman known as Murasaki Shikibu around the year 1,000 CE.
“Church’s characters are strong and believable, and the plot keeps the pages turning.”
"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."
“Set in the midst of one of the darkest moments of human history, between the horrors of Nazism and Stalinist Communism, this book not only portrays an attempt to find meaning and comfort t
"Spells by Michel de Ghelderode offers a collection of stories both beautiful and loathsome. He represents literature that must be wrestled with to fully appreciate. . . .
“A Bildungsroman for our troubled times, set in a place where nothing is safe or certain.”
Tension between the inescapable distance that exists, and must exist, between people, and the driving desire for closeness is what ties together the characters in the accomplished and sensitive nov
“This welcome debut collection of his Irish stories will find ready readers overseas.”
“Clearly, Cherise Wolas is not yet in the ranks of our foremost literary fiction writers—but she can be one day.
Ghost writers have always been figures of mystique. Often they are the unsung or at least, un-marketed heroes of wonderful literary works.
“well written, masterfully translated . . . rewards rereading.”