In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.
18 Aug 2014
In this thoughtful, entertaining novel, Marcel Theroux explores the ways in which we construct 'a workable self out of all the dissonant parts.'
14 Apr 2014
Is Thomas Christopher Greene tipping his hat to the great Russian writers, particularly Dostoevsky, who combined thrillers, romance and domestic drama, too?
06 Apr 2014
Ron Currie Jr.'s smart, funny writing is overshadowed by an ambitious reach that falls short.
19 Mar 2014
Who loves Big Brother? You do. The Office of Mercy is only technically about the future. In spirit, it's about the here and now.
11 Mar 2014
Rohan Wilson composes a work of historical fiction that never shies away from the horrors that gave birth to modern-day Tasmania.
25 Feb 2014
A man in a Croatian village still shaken by war meets a family who unwittingly "open a trapdoor to the past" in this beautifully paced, quietly suspenseful novel.
23 Oct 2013
Without bells or whistles, but with love and a subtle touch, Lee Sandlin lays bare the lives of his very private ancestors in this simple but pleasurable memoir.
07 Oct 2013
For Austen fans or anyone who's ever been obsessed with a hobby past the point of rationality, Deborah Yaffe's peek into the current state of Austen fandom reveals sights both embarrassingly and delightfully recognizable.
20 Aug 2013
Readers will identify with Jen Lin-Liu’s love of food, a love that spurs her to embark on an overland journey from China to Italy, in search of a cohesive history of the noodle.
18 Aug 2013
In her debut novel, Grace McCleen treats heavy subjects with a light hand, showcasing her talents through an endearing narrator and thoughtful story.
05 May 2013
Ronlyn Domingue's book qualifies as fantasy, but it's uniquely introverted and meditative rather than adventurous.
29 Apr 2013
Jerry White's history of 18th century London is a tale of many cities in one, suitable for the intellectually curious, and invaluable to the researcher.
14 Feb 2013
A historian and a sociologist argue that to really address racial inequality in America, we need to first remember that there's no such thing as race.
16 Jan 2013
J. Robert Lennon builds suspense as carefully as he builds character, and the fits and starts leading up to the story’s major revelations impressive
17 Oct 2012
Morgan McCarthy has a fine prose style, poetic but never distractingly so. She also has an excellent if uneven ability to draw character.
24 Sep 2012
David M. Shapard's excellent annotation of Jane Austen's Emma delineates the shades of meaning so vital to understanding Austen's works, and drops in the kind of trivia that truly devoted fans just eat up.
12 Sep 2012
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