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The Mystery of ‘All That Man Is’

David Szalay's novel preserves the mystery of modern manhood within an anthology of realism.

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Pondering Life Post-Capitalism in ‘Four Futures’

Can markets be separated from capitalism? From money? From the disenfranchising effects of equating social power with money?

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Ambition, Folksy Charm, and an Alligator: ‘Carrying Albert Home’

Homer Hickman's story offers a light-hearted, ultimately feel good series of stories that are more often than not as amusing as they are poignant.

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Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst—With Guitars

Californium is a Frankenstein’s monster of coming-of-age stories, its many moving parts borrowed and reassembled from stock, clichéd characters and plot devices.

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Race Mixing in ‘Absalom’s Daughters’

This is not an attempt to rewrite Faulkner as much as it's a cogent effort at bringing women and people of color to the forefront of a Faulkner-inspired work.

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‘High Dive’ Balances the Momentous Event With the Human Experience

Despite the story's smoldering core about the 1984 Brighton Hotel Bombing, Lee concerns himself mostly with the periphery.

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Sex, Lies, and Sleeping Aids: ‘Scary Old Sex’

On the whole, Heyman definitely has a sharp, witty take on heterosexual relations and is attuned to the comedy inherent in the act itself.

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The Valley Unpleasant in ‘Mount Pleasant’

Ruined by blind ambition, Mount Pleasant stands as a cautionary tale to any writer possessed of more aspiration than art.

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A Society With Its Hand on the Trigger: Vicki Baum’s ‘Grand Hotel’

Vicki Baum writes of a stir-crazy people living in a world that is both swiftly and slowly emptying of its meaning.

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Richard Russo’s ‘Everybody’s Fool’ Reminds Us That Fortune Comes in Gradations

Only in Russo’s world could we hang as tightly as we do on a belief that misguided fortunes might correct themselves and turn life’s cruelties around.

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In ‘You Will Know Me,’ the Mystery is Everybody

Megan Abbott’s novel of suburban gymnastics’ competitive psychosis is like the fictional version of Joan Ryan’s excoriating Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.

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‘Jane Steele’, a Victorian Murderess With a Heart of Gold

This glossier and better-dressed creative reimagining of Jane Eyre falls short of the original, sacrificing depth for the usual pop culture tropes of liberal feminism.

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‘Jonathan Unleashed’: Nice Dogs, Too Bad About the Jokes

This shoots for the angsty New York comedy of Woody Allen, but it suffers from that which Allen so famously called grounds for divorce: insufficient laughter.

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There’s No Room for You in Hannah Tennant-Moore’s ‘Wreck and Order’

Our self-indulgent protagonist tries to find herself in the rural poverty of the third world but the people, the customs, the food, it all starts to grate on her first world sensibilities.

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‘Rachel’s Blue’ Left Me Perplexed

There are times when a reviewer and book simply do not jibe.

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Divisions in a Dystopian Present in ‘Civil War II: X-men #1’

A bad situation brings out a different kind of drama within the X-men.

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Custody-Con 2016: ‘A Hundred Thousand Worlds’

Proehl’s multisided take on geek culture (mixing fandom, creativity, and business) pulsates with colorful insight and ugly truths.

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Living at the Movies With Dana Spiotta’s ‘Innocents and Others’

Spiotta's work is a vivid and enduring argument for the powers of imagination.

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Don’t Forget to Breathe While Reading ‘Music for Wartime’

Music for Wartime is an exceptional collection that further cements Makkai as one of today’s strongest fiction writers.

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An Anatomical Dissection of Calvino’s ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler’

Postmodernism seeks to disrupt the grand narrative, and expose the artifice of writing. Dissected, its innards revealed, this resembles geometry.

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