America for Beginners Leah Franqui William Morrow/Harper Collins 310 pgs/ $27.00 American identity has always been elusive, an oddity used up and heralded by political sideshow barkers or the latest […]
Shepherd’s imagination is brutal and brilliant in equal measure. Overall, The Book of M is a strong debut novel from a promising writer, and if readers come to it with the right expectations, they will encounter a story that is compelling in scope and imagination, a book that takes old tropes and paints them in new and vivid colors where they were deeply needed.
Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore Del Rey 371 pgs. / $27.00 A love story, a science fiction adventure, a fantasy world, and everything in between, Reincarnation Blues is one of the most […]
Red Light Run Baird Harper Scribner 209 pages / $24.00 (hardcover) Although its actual meaning is still a topic of debate among fans, Weezer’s “Undone – The Sweater Song” is […]
If you have any interest in a world beyond American borders, where colonialism still bares its teeth, where the fantastical still so perfectly illustrates the mundane, and where the rawness […]
Theatre porn for the theatre kids with a healthy dose of murder-mystery, If We Were Villains is a fun romp through the backstage drama of Shakespearean thespians, but it will undoubtedly fret […]
Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is not simply good: it’s fantastic. Her work stands alongside that of the masters who came before […]
In a culture dominated by post-modernist irony and cynicism, The Accusation is refreshing in that it unashamedly, unflinchingly demands to be read as a book about something. The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North […]
Perfect Little World is a more than average follow-up to Wilson’s previous novel, The Family Fang, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a smart and complex take upon parenthood […]
While readers can expect to find some disappointment in its pages, Huck Out West also contains enough nuggets of wisdom and Cooverian insight–like gold hidden in the crags of the Black Hills–to […]
While DeLillo is unquestionably one of the greatest American authors of the last fifty years, Zero K is unfortunately his weakest work by far, exhibiting tendencies that resemble the foibles […]
In the end and despite its flaws, The Incarnations is an entrancing novel that will keep you interested and engaged from the first page to the last, and I highly […]
At times a kind of 16th century Ocean’s Eleven mixed with poignant ruminations upon the powerlessness of the individual in the face of overwhelming church authority, Buckley’s novel swings unexpectedly […]
Both of these collections, in their own ways, explore the past as a means of understanding the present, and while Searcy’s work is compelling but ultimately unmemorable, Sacks has written […]
City on Fire is clearly an unbelievably ambitious book that, in the end, falls rather flat. And after nine hundred pages, flat is not a position readers want to find […]
A good, at times great, collection of short stories, and despite its problems, it’s one of the best to come out in a long time. Skip it at your peril.