In this coming-of-age tale, Eleanor Kriseman explores the effect an unstable parent has upon her child.
It's a testament to Zevin's understanding of multiple age groups that she's able to capture a variety of women at various life stages. Her portrayals feel honest and true.
Like Pynchon, Beauman wrings paranoia and gags from a dark confluence of American state and corporate power, yet unlike Pynchon, Beauman only seems interested in mining the material for superficial laughs.
Posthumous collection Last Stories proves that Trevor, as a short story writer, was a master in command of his craft and will remain in a class of his own.
In this collection of stories, it's as though the author recognized a number of ingredients that had potential to produce a superb dish, but either didn't know how to combine them or lacked the enthusiasm and spirit to bring the stories to life.
Víctor del Árbol's A Million Drops is a mystery-thriller in the best tradition of the genre, one which offers an intricately-researched historical tale while also trying to say something appreciably profound about human nature.
Wolitzer is an aware author who clearly understands how matrices of power oppress and subjugate. Yet here, her characters only occasionally check their power or privilege.
As with the media surrounding the Krim children murders, Leila Slimani's book asks, what went wrong?
A tender tale of survival and legacy, Lauren Grodstein meditates on the love and grief between a dying mother and her son.
Lauren Grodstein reads from Our Short History -- a warm, complicated, and at times angry and sarcastic missive to a grown man his mother will never know.
We tend to err on the side of delusion for the sake of sanity. Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything and Mary McCarthy's The Group, however, do not.