Articles tagged fiction

Disco, AIDS and Nuclear War Permeate Jane Smiley’s ‘Early Warning’

Smiley doesn’t overlook defining political moments in part two of her trilogy, including the 1981 presidential election of Ronald Reagan and the ensuing sociopolitical shift rightward.

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‘A Little Life’ Is an Epic of the Intimate

We have all experienced joys and hardships, but through the lens of Jude's tortured existence, we truly are transported to an emotional landscape that is not our own.

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‘Girl at War’ Will Stay With You

Did I not want this story to end due to Sara Novic's literary architecture? Or was it my investment in a character so evolved that I didn't want to let her go?

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Ann Beattie’s ‘The State We’re In’ Doesn’t Settle for Easy Solutions

Who are we? How do we navigate the world or each other? These have long been Beattie’s signature concerns.

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30 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

‘Loving Day’ Is a Biting Commentary on Race, Otherness

This is a comic but incisive social commentary on blackness, whiteness and otherness -- as well as love, family and the repercussions of allowing others to define us.

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In ‘Go Set a Watchman’, Racism Is Resilient and Seductive

In Harper Lee’s dry run for To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s somehow less shocking that Atticus Finch is a racist but that his once-forceful daughter Scout is so powerless against him.

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Don’t Sign the Lease Just Yet

The journey in Housebreaking is gripping even though the payoff is light.

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‘The Household Spirit’ Is a Strange Book

This is the kind of book Erma Bombeck would have written if she was on heroin or had just watched The Grave of the Fireflies while listening to Jeff Buckley.

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A Series of Unlikely Events Come Together in Judy Blume’s Latest

In Blume's latest and possibly final novel, three plane crashes leave a lasting impact.

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The Nuclear Family Explodes in ‘Mislaid’

Nell Zink's characters represent and confront most of the "-isms" and phobias related to the “Other” that still plague not only the USA, but the entire world.

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‘A God in Ruins’ Perpetuates the Deep Sadness in Atkinson’s Writing

Kate Atkinson's characters, from private investigator Jackson Brodie to Teddy Todd, are often lonely people with surprising secrets.

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What Was Yours Is Now Mine in Stephen King’s ‘Finders Keepers’

Contemporary despair and a sense of hope is what gives Finders Keepers its substance.

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Once You Log Into ‘The Ghost Network’, You Won’t Want to Log Out

Dizzyingly constructed yet undeniably fascinating, The Ghost Network is thoroughly intriguing and dense, with an abundance of techniques that make it feel entirely authentic.

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9 Jun 2015 // 8:00 AM

A Haint in Detroit

A tale of a city and family in flux, The Turner House is a gripping, nuanced reading, heralding the arrival of a major talent.

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Toni Morrison’s ‘God Help the Child’ Is a Cautionary Tale

God Help the Child shows Morrison's skill in fleshing out an idea through language and detail both rich and taut.

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‘Thirty Girls’: What We Learned Later

Thirty Girls is an artful fictionalized account of the 1996 kidnapping of the St. Mary’s College schoolgirls of Aboke, Uganda.

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19 May 2015 // 3:05 AM

Reif Larsen Roams Too Far Afield With ‘I Am Radar’

There are good stories here, but they’re buried in excess.

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Life on Tour Is Exactly What You Might Expect

The vibrance of A Million Miles is hindered by the unnecessary facade of fiction.

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In His Fourth Novel, Paul Beatty Aims to Get Under Your Skin

The Sellout is a blistering satire from a gifted poet and novelist. Just prepare to be uneasy!

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Rafael Ygelesias’ ‘Wisdom of Perversity’ Works Its Way Under the Skin

Inspired by Yglesias’ own history of childhood sexual abuse, this seeks to address the complexities from the inside, to reveal how humanity can be twisted into many forms.

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Call for Papers: Do You Believe in Life After Auto-Tune?

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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