Articles tagged fiction

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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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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The Buying of the Light: An Eerie Debut on Consumption and Corporeality

Kleeman's You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is a powerfully feminine and disturbingly organic contribution to the literature of consumerism.

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‘Nitro Mountain’ Is Harrowing and Dark

This is an unabashedly fierce and often violent novel that owes as much to Graham Greene's Brighton Rock as it does to Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone.

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‘We Love You, Charlie Freeman’ Ponders Over Watching and Being Watched

This novel tries to find words for the ways in which being other means being constantly under observation.

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World-Building With Few Words in ‘The Transmigration of Bodies’

Yuri Herrera writes short, sparse, powerful novels about the complex violence of border zones.

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‘The Regional Office is Under Attack’ Suffers an Identity Crisis

There's something ugly at the heart of this story of superheroics, something that utterly conflicts with the book's sometimes better nature.

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Spinsterhood and Its Discontents in Daniel Sada’s ‘One Out of Two’

A bewitching story about sisterhood, spinsterhood, and identity by a celebrated Mexican writer.

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The City as Autobiography in Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland

Leaping from one fragmented city to the next, Pinckney’s narrator uses history to simultaneously define and obscure himself.

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How Does a Feminist Deal With a Cheating Husband?

Couple Mechanics is a suspenseful, moving drama about marriage, resilience, and the misogyny of faux feminist men.

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In the Excellent ‘Sweetgirl’, Home Is Just Another Storm

Sweetgirl wonders about home, and about what happens when you're born into the wrong one.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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