“the suspenseful action and Hausman’s engaging prose make Sleepless worth the effort.”
“Moving from staccato reportage to evocative scenes, the book works as a sort of collage of information, replicating in its stylistic choices the different lenses used to understand history
“this novel offers the pleasures of a poetic travelogue and an homage to a place and culture . . .”
“A character study of one woman’s humanity and sacrifice.”
“Layered and lethal . . . The only thing better than the pleasure of this suspenseful and tightly plotted ‘Scandi noir’ investigation is knowing there’s a sequel on the way.”
Meeting in Positano: A Novel by Goliarda Sapienza (1924–1996) is a disorienting experience for anyone who likes their fact and fiction to be distinct genres.
“For most immigrants, the streets of America’s urban communities were paved with stones, not gold.”
Jacob Dinezon (1851–1919) has been a commanding figure in late 19th century Eastern European Jewish literature.
“The Children’s Train is a sympathetic, well-crafted novel filled with vacation-worthy sights and authentic experiences from an Italy that balances folk tradition with modernity.”
“a short, charmingly absurd portrait of postwar Germany.”
“a novel that explores the nostalgia, loneliness, guilt, and conflicted patriotism of the (fictitious) last American who worked at the facility.”
Novels of mystery and suspense and thrillers more often than not turn on event rather than on complex emotion.
“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
“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.
“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. . . .
“This welcome debut collection of his Irish stories will find ready readers overseas.”
A woman’s nude body is found in a Helsinki apartment with religious references scrawled on her back.
“Interesting, intriguing, and informative, Fools and Mortals is highly recommended.”
Interesting, Intriguing, Informative
October–November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup d’etat that brought communism to power in Russia.
“a lovely installment, if a brief one, filled with amusing events, and a slowly mounting sense of dread . . .”
“a delightful book, guaranteed to promote snickers, chuckles, and a guffaw or two.”