She presents her actions as bold protest:. I lifted my feet like a Renoir ballerina, my underwear dangling around my skinny ankles. I knew. I knew I had to resist. When his forlorn odyssey is complete, Lima—having published nothing, his poems scrawled in the margins of books—returns home. He finally comes face to face with the despised Octavio Paz, who sits next to him on a park bench.
The enemy, at last, within reach! He stopped using heroin. A moving essay recounts his detoxification: he got his methadone dose at noon and spent the rest of the day lying on the beach, crying. In , the couple had a son, Lautaro, named after the Mapuche leader who resisted the Spanish conquest of Chile; they later had a daughter, Alexandra. Determined to make a proper living, he largely abandoned poetry, shifting to prose.
Despite his declining health, he could write for forty-eight hours at a stretch before collapsing. Such was his intensity, friends have recalled, that he sometimes missed medical appointments. In order to escape his impoverished background, he reveals, he joined Opus Dei, and eventually served as a tutor for General Pinochet. An ambitious Chilean poet, Carlos Wieder, comes up with a scheme for getting ahead in the Pinochet regime.
He becomes a pilot in the Chilean Air Force and turns the publication of verse into a hideous military spectacle—by skywriting his latest stanzas over the Andes. In the late nineties, he began writing a column for a Spanish newspaper. Not since Norman Mailer had a novelist chest-thumped so entertainingly. I will correct the novel after I have my liver operation. The book, which is eleven hundred pages long, is currently being translated by Wimmer.
Almost none of these crimes have been solved. In the novel, a parallel massacre has taken place. People fall in love; a second car chase ends in a climactic shoot-out. Late in the second section, Belano takes up residency in Spain. He becomes so peeved by a local book critic that a letter to the editor seems insufficient: he proposes a duel. Belano asks a friend to be his second, and the friend—a moribund fellow who is narrating this tale—is galvanized.
The proposition seemed crazy and unwarranted. But what would he have made of the delirious road trip, the frenzied sex, the sloppy displays of male ego? She presents her actions as bold protest: I lifted my feet like a Renoir ballerina, my underwear dangling around my skinny ankles.
Recommended Stories. Sign in. Given the breadth and depth of the genre, this is a first-rate starting point for exploring migration literature and is almost certain to be taught in schools in the near future. A welcome, pocket-sized introduction to migration literature. Kathleen Jamie. Mostly, though, Jamie is observant, reflective, and poignant in her prose A beautiful portrait of a fleeting moment in time on planet Earth.
The result is a stirring collection for poetry and prose readers alike. Positive Kirkus Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story. French cleverly subverts the conventions of the locked room mystery, ratcheting up the tension at every turn with her multidimensional characters. Readers looking for a new name in psychological suspense need look no further than this powerful new Irish voice. Anya Ulinich. Ulinich wants to balance serious themes of Jewishness, motherhood and the immigrant experience with more lighthearted depictions of American life, and she does well in scrutinizing the upper reaches of the class structure: There are thoughtful passages about rich, New-Agey Brooklynites and the hypocrisy of wealthy Chicago do-gooders who take Sasha in.
But other portions feel underdeveloped and full of airy dialogue, and Ulinich seems uncertain about how much emphasis to give the themes of race and religion Still, the final chapters are filled with some nicely detailed observations about her two homelands—and alienation in general—that somewhat salvages the book from its flaws.
Miranda July. Mixed The Guardian That is the skeleton of the plot, which is sentimental. When, however, the focus for nearly pages is on a relatively small cast, the multiplying weirdness becomes unamusing absurdity It is not that such things could never happen; rather, too many of them happen to not enough people, and eventually you just become tired of them.
Clee, the daughter of her bosses, moves in. The arrangement is appalling, until it morphs into something else, a kind of surreal dance that develops between the two women and culminates in a scenario whose bald facts, if written out here, would seem incredible. But it works, and this is down to two things. The first is her style. But humour — of the observational, absurdist variety — rules The second thing is more important. Beneath all the comedy Glickman emerges as a truthful character, not simply a vehicle for misfortune Positive Publishers Weekly July Positive Kirkus In a bizarrely touching first novel, July Though these strange details sometimes seem to slide into heavy-handed attempts to shock, at their best, they deliver an emotional slap made sharper and more fitting by their oddity.
Daniel Gordis. A deliberative academic work that rises above hackneyed arguments with significant research and a great deal of heart. He makes a persuasive case that fundamental issues—such as the conflict between the universalist ideals of the U. Nonetheless, this will be a valuable conversation starter for Jewish communities within the U.
Positive Publishers Weekly French expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma.
Mixed Kirkus When not lengthily bogged down in angst, a readable, non-formulaic police procedural with a twist. Marty Makary. Positive Kirkus Makary clearly demonstrates how medical care is secretive and predatory and why skyrocketing costs can be accounted for by the money games of medicine Throughout the book, Makary refuses to hold back and does not hesitate to name names. However, despite all the wrongs that he describes—e. Makary rightly takes the health care business to task, but he also offers a ray of hope that change can and will happen. Charles Yu. Rave Kirkus A playful experimentalist probes the limits of fiction in this debut collection Within these 11 stories, Yu uses language to suggest what language cannot express, as he deals with themes such as the nature of distance, the essence of time and the illusion of self for readers whose attention span has been conditioned more by video games than classic novels Smart, engaging and often deadpan funny.
There is abundant humor, though, and Yu allows the reader to feel pathos without patronization; a neat trick, in a compulsively readable collection. Amity Gaige. Positive Publishers Weekly Crystalline insights into the nature of love and flashes of narrative brilliance buoy a plot-deficient first novel about the strains of a young marriage Dead-on dialogue Positive Kirkus Love, marriage, the whole damn thing—all spanned in a witty, tender first novel Each chapter follows the discrete shape of a short story while also building on the troubling notion that there are indeed ghosts abroad Conventional action is relatively minor Despite a final soft-centered swerve, however, the impression overall is of a limpid style and the peeling away of the comedy of intimacy to expose isolated souls.
These essays particularly excel with serving up memorable last lines These essays, in addition to being resonant in their own right, will also move readers to recollect stories of their own parents. Bret Anthony Johnston. Mixed Kirkus The world that Johnston brings us into is at once familiar and oddly surreal, for the author writes with great attention to detail and nuance—and with an apparent inability or reluctance to create a coherent narrative that could allow one to understand why a particular story is being told. The resulting portraits are not stories so much as sketches Lugubrious reading, more like workshop exercises than glimpses of real life.
Positive Publishers Weekly In his promising debut collection, Johnston travels through time and across socioeconomic divides to present a series of nuanced portraits of middle-aged, middle-American loneliness in all its permutations It is the emotional landscape that interests the author, not the physical, and, without lapsing into sentimentality, he evokes a peculiarly American brand of abject loneliness and tentative optimism Jonathan A Rodden. Positive Kirkus In this data-dense book, the author takes a deep look at the familiar urban-rural political divide, examines its implications for democracy not good , and suggests ways to reduce polarization.
He also shows how similar patterns affect elections in other Western democracies. In an intriguing section, he traces the roots of the American divide to the era of labor unrest before World War I, when left-leaning workers lived in urban working-class neighborhoods Valuable for specialists and political journalists.
Rodden dives deeply into the historical context and patterns, concluding that ending underrepresentation of city dwellers will probably require redistricting or proportional representation. This polished and data-heavy examination will interest serious political enthusiasts, academics, and data geeks, but probably not the general reader. Sara Donati. Positive Kirkus Donati crafts strong female characters who draw upon the wisdom of their ancestors to transcend the slings and arrows of petty racism and sexism.
Detectives, doctors, and dastardly scoundrels abound in this fascinating historical novel. Positive Publishers Weekly Donati captivates The number of interwoven relationships among all characters is occasionally distracting, but this is offset by exceptional characterizations. Elegant prose, entrancing era descriptions, and occasional bits of wit add to the impact. This is a riveting medical mystery. Meg Waite Clayton. Clayton effectively captures the dim hope of survival amid the mounting terror of the lead-up to WWII. This is a standout historical fiction that serves as a chilling reminder of how insidious, pervasive evil can gradually seep into everyday lives.
Mary M. Rave Kirkus Nazi looting of European art is old news, but this expert, disheartening account reveals that Germany still possesses a great deal and refuses to give it up A gripping, original contribution to a still-unresolved Nazi crime. Edward Berenson. Readers interested in the recurrence of anti-Semitism in the U. Tamsyn Muir. Much as her necromancers do with human remains, Muir effortlessly compiles macabre humor, body horror, secrets, and tenderness into the stitched-together corpse of a dark universe, then brings it to life with a delightfully chaotic, crackling cast of characters and the connective tissue of their relationships.
From the mad science joys of necromantic theory to the deliciously ever-evolving tension between Gideon and Harrow, this adventurous novel not only embraces its strangeness but wrings delight from it. The result is an addictive, genre-bending book that will wow readers with its vibrant energy, endearing cast, and emotional gut-punch of a finale. Rave Kirkus This intriguing genre stew works surprisingly well. The most interesting aspect of the novel turns out to be the prickly but intimate relationship between Gideon and Harrow, bound together by what appears at first to be simple hatred.
But the challenges of Canaan House expose other layers, beginning with a peculiar but compelling mutual loyalty and continuing on to other, more complex feelings, ties, and shared fraught experiences Suspenseful and snarky with surprising emotional depths. Alexandra Rowland. This is a wise, moving, and captivating adventure. Christopher Ingraham. Positive Publishers Weekly Ingraham writes with humor and insight He jabs at his fellow coastal reporters and plays for fish-out-of-water laughs when killing his first deer Positive Kirkus Throughout, Ingraham writes with the conviction of one who has found—as least for him—tranquility and truth A simple, warmhearted celebration of small-town living.
Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Rave Kirkus Seven stories, including a couple of prizewinners, from an exuberantly talented young Thai-American writer A newcomer to watch: fresh, funny, and tough. Anger, humor and longing are neatly balanced in these richly nuanced, sharply revelatory tales. ZZ Packer. These stories never end neatly or easily. Packer knows how to keep the tone provocative and tense at the close of each tale, doing justice to the complexity and dignity of the characters and their difficult choices. These are not cheerful tales Highly personal yet socio-politically acute: a debut collection that cuts to the bone of human experience and packs a lasting wallop.
Packer addresses the uncomfortable realities that sometimes come up in contemporary multicultural society, bringing them organically into character development and using them to support the tension within the stories Most striking are her piquant descriptions of the dozens of minor characters she creates This set of stories is a pleasure to dive into for the wit, the writing, the characters, and the novel plots, but most of all for the human truth that in the search for self-knowledge, we find we each defy category.
Joy Williams. Mixed Kirkus Stories impeccably careful never to raise their voices, though not much is raised in the reader by them, either Their characters seem driven in equal parts by meanness, confusion, and craziness, and few of them will charm Twelve ambitious and expert stories, yet seldom involving. Her characters speak like poets or philosophers Though some of her more absurd tales may perplex, discriminating readers will be greatly satisfied with this rich, darkly humorous and provocative collection.
David Foster Wallace. This collection of eight stories highlights both the power and the weakness of these idiosyncrasies Rave Kirkus Media overkill and other forms of contemporary paranoia and mendacity take their lumps in this third collection from the brainy postmodernist author One of our best young writers just keeps getting better. Andrew Miller.
Rave Kirkus By alternating the narrative between Lacroix and his pursuers, Miller effectively ratchets up the tension and suspense. The author keeps his research well hidden. The dazzling, ambiguous ending will fodder plenty of book-club debate Miller is in fine form here, mixing an unforgettable cat-and-mouse chase with a moving love story.
Paula Daly. As Tess searches for the break that could give Carrie back her life, the author skillfully explores the question of whether Tess can finally manage to do the same for herself. The mystery itself is not terribly complex, however, and the ending feels a bit lackluster and anticlimatic. Alix E Harrow. Positive Kirkus Similes and vivid imagery adorn nearly every page like glittering garlands.
While some stereotypes are present, such as the depiction of East African women as pantherlike, the book has a diverse cast of characters and a strong woman lead. Positive Publishers Weekly Harrow imbues her debut, set primarily in earlyth-century Vermont, as well as in an alternative world called the City of Nin, with genealogical mystery Azadeh Moaveni.
Positive Kirkus Working with odd women involved in IS and their families, the author shows them to be a diverse group with various motivations Writing sympathetically but not uncritically, Moaveni helps readers understand why these women join IS. Rave Publishers Weekly [A] searing investigation In concise, visceral vignettes, Moaveni immerses her readers in a milieu saturated with the romantic appeal of violence. The result is a journalistic tour de force that lays bare the inner lives, motivations, and aspirations of her subjects.
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Rave Publishers Weekly The dogged investigative journalism that brought down Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is spotlighted in this gripping memoir The authors deliver the sordid details but focus on the reporting Sam Lipsyte. Pan Kirkus More marijuana moonbeams from reefer-brained Lipsyte Positive Publishers Weekly That giddy, passing-itself-off-as-ordinary persistence becomes the point of the novel, which presents lives that continue in the face of crushing, banal and heartbreaking failures The novel climaxes, if it can be called that, at a surreal gathering of former classmates dubbed a Togethering.
That the novel is an unpleasant, static read is a sign of its uncompromising, mise-en-abyme success. Nick Neely. Throughout the narrative, the author offers precise and often lyrical descriptions of landscapes and vistas, sky and sea, flora and fauna A sprawling record of a unique adventure.
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Even walking through subdivisions and cities and along highways, [Neely] finds poetic images in the most unlikely places Bari Weiss. Positive Kirkus Known for her often contentious perspectives, New York Times opinion writer Weiss battles societal Jewish intolerance through lucid prose and a linear playbook of remedies Weiss sounds a clarion call to Jewish readers who share her growing angst as well as non-Jewish Americans who wish to arm themselves with the knowledge and intellectual tools to combat marginalization and defuse and disavow trends of dehumanizing behavior A forceful, necessarily provocative call to action for the preservation and protection of American Jewish freedom.
Rachel Eve Moulton. Rave Publishers Weekly Unrelenting and artfully crafted, this haunting debut and its tortured protagonist easily cement Moulton as a must-read writer in the horror genre Readers will be heartsick at the thought that either one might not survive.
The narrative, both disturbing and irresistible, is propelled by these two well-imagined characters and their need for each other. This is a gripping tale of terribly human horrors. The result is a preponderance of conflagrations that consume not only the ready tinder of the abandoned ghost town Earl calls home, but also all semblance of rational character-building. In spite of the intricate rendering of this cold and remote landscape, the story itself feels false and vague, more like smoke than fire An ambitious plot that fails to cohere into either insight or revelation. Tillie Walden. Positive Kirkus Walden crafts a story rich in metaphor about two gay women on a journey through trauma and grief.
The unpredictable, shifting landscape in which lakes appear and roads change course encapsulates the treacherous and nonlinear path of healing. Complex panel layouts in dark tones and moody reds often bleed together, and stretches of silent art fit the heaviness of the tone. Background characters whose eyes are hidden add to the rising sense of anxiety throughout the story. In the midst of this intense atmosphere, Lou and Bea develop a moving bond and deep trust that allow Bea to open up to Lou.
The resolution offers hope that both characters will continue to heal. Characters appear to be white A tsunami of emotions—sharp and heavy. Mixed Publishers Weekly This latest by Walden uses heavily detailed illustrations and luminous, startling color to depict both surreal landscapes and subtle expressions, imbuing the story with equal parts paranoid tension and quiet wonder.
Ultimately, the volume is most successful as a nuanced portrayal of the connection between Bea and Lou, nearly a decade apart in age but young and gay and navigating trauma and loss in rural Texas. Caleb McDaniel. The two extensive interviews Wood gave to reporters during her lawsuit illuminate her remarkable life McDaniel tells this story engrossingly and accessibly.
This is a valuable contribution to Reconstruction history with clear relevance to current debates about reparations for slavery. Norman Rush. Another National Book Award seems a distinct possibility. The novel, already a textured, erotic portrait of a disintegrating marriage and a society in flux, becomes a political thriller infused with violence Mary K. Positive Publishers Weekly Although the outcome of the whirlwind love affair is fairly predictable, Choi If the conclusion of the novel seems rushed, the rising action—filled with conflict, captivating events, and authentic-sounding, often humorous dialogue—will win readers, and teens like Pablo, who are unsure who they want to be, will relate to his dilemmas.
Mixed Kirkus While the language has a contemporary feel and the range of diverse, appealing characters accurately reflects modern-day New York, the plot frequently drags, and character development is weak. Hip characters and jargon adorn a predictable storyline and unconvincing romance. Andrea Carter. Despite the occasional gore and an overabundance of certifiably deranged suspects, this basically gentle mystery will appeal to cozy readers with a fondness for soap opera.
The romantic banter between Eve and Roarke adds some welcome relief from the grim crimes. Robb enthusiasts will be well satisfied. Bob Proehl. Pan Kirkus Someone really needs to introduce Proehl to the concept of fan fiction, as all his books to date fall firmly into that realm Names and details are altered again, but the story is one most readers will know—and one that Proehl must already know himself At nearly pages in length, the story suffocates any action with burdensome, put-on prose, culminating in a not-very-satisfying climax and ending.
Readers should seek out less pretentious and more original X-Men fanfic online instead. Positive Publishers Weekly A host of varied characters grapple with alienation and bigotry in this complex novel What distinguishes this effort by Proehl The characters are intricately human, each rendered in minute and thoughtful detail that pushes back against stereotypes. Though the teetering tower of subplots and POV characters sometimes crashes into confusion, the book builds effectively to a brutally realistic, deeply tense, and worrying climax and leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Linnea Hartsuyker. This quality tale will appeal to fans of Viking fiction and could cross over to those who enjoy epic fantasy as well. A political whirlwind with adventure galore; Hartsuyker bows out on a high note. Jesse Ball. Positive Kirkus The elusive and ever evolving Ball Census , , etc.
Some episodes are gripping, while others are marred by philosophizing Monique Truong. The narrative rings with emotional authenticity The novel is in fact largely a meditation on the senses and sensuality, and the salt of the title has different sources table, sea, tears, sweat that create different sensations and different resonances. Truong caresses each image and each shifting sensation, forming whole scenes around a taste, color, or touch, language being her other second theme A tour de force. Truong should take literate America by storm.
Rhys Thomas. A lovely and touching exploration of grief and courage, perfect for self-proclaimed geeks and those who love them. Richard Powers. Rave Kirkus The power of music in its relation to a racially divided family and culture is dramatized with unprecedented brilliance in this panoramic novel And, as a grace note of sorts, Powers demonstrates that he knows as much about musical technique, theory, and history as he seems to know about almost everything else The most accessible, and powerful fiction yet from a major American writer who, against all odds, just keeps getting better.
Here he confronts his weaknesses head-on, crafting a hefty family saga that attempts to probe generational conflicts, sibling rivalries and racial identity Missing, however, are the pulse-quickening vintage-Powers moments in which his discussions of technology and science open up profound existential quandaries Powers deserves credit for taking a risk, but his own experiment reveals his startling tone deafness to the subtle inflections of human experience. Louise Erdrich. A remarkably convincing portrayal of Native American life throughout this century—with the added dimension of an exactingly dramatized and deeply moving experience of spiritual conflict and crisis.
Rave Publishers Weekly Erdrich seems to be inhabiting her characters, so intense and viscerally rendered are her portrayals This novel will be remembered for a cornucopia of set pieces, all bizarre and stunning Writing with subtle compassion and magical imagination, Erdrich has done justice to the complexities of existence in general and Native American life in particular. Mary Adkins.
An epistolary novel for the 21st century, When You Read This sparkles with a perfect blend of humor, pathos and romance. Adkins has managed to paint an authentic and nuanced portrait of grief and the various ways people attempt to cope and continue on with life when the worst has happened. Inventive and irresistible, When You Read This is a tender and uplifting story about love, loss and the resilience of the human heart that will have you laughing and crying in equal turns. Rave Kirkus A vibrant epistolary collage with pieces of satire, romance, and family drama overlapping But thanks to Adkins, even Carl has a hint of compelling backstory and a delightful arc.
Tracey Garvis Graves. Careful to balance the emotional and intellectual power between Annika and Jonathan, Graves creates a believable love affair in which Annika is not infantilized but rather fully realized as simply different A heartwarming, neurodiverse love story. Positive Publishers Weekly The solid latest from Graves Dan Kois.
Slack moments aside, this memoir of travel with a family in need of change has its pleasures. Roy Morris. Drawing on contemporaneous newspaper stories and on firsthand accounts, Morris captures the excitement of the period when a cult avant-garde author found herself a national celebrity Amir Alexander. A deep immersion into geometric determinism at its most entertaining. Caitlin Zaloom.
Walter Mosley. Mosley further demystifies fiction writing through language as taut and spare as the prose in his own novels To illustrate this and other rules and assertions, the author unspools some narrative premises of his own invention. The author is not only an inspiring instructor; he is also a bracingly open-minded one A concise work that aspiring writers will find useful. Mosley has skillfully packed a large canvas into a small frame, which should equally please readers who enjoy seeing a writer at work and writers in need of assistance.
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Solnit reasserts herself here as one of the most astute cultural critics in progressive discourse. This brief but trenchant collection will please her fans. Anglophiles will relish the inside story of this royal personage. Thoughtful, deftly crafted reflections on race and identity. Faith Sullivan. Fans of Jane Eyre will adore the intelligent, brazen Ruby whose combination of pragmatism and besottedness is winningly sympathetic.
The joyful sense of community within this love story offers a charming and refreshing escape from the modern world. Rave Kirkus Taken one by one, each story in this volume is a jewel. Taken all together, the book is a remarkable introduction to Italian literature and a great gift to the English-speaking reader. Remarkable stories from a wide range of writers describe the mundane and the fantastic, the everyday and the sublime. William Dalrymple. The author diligently recounts decades of violence A depressing but expert account of the rise of the first great multinational corporation.
Garrett M. The bewilderment, fear, and courage exhibited on that day are palpable in these recollections. This vivid, moving work is painful to read but honors both those who died and those who survived that awful day. Rave Kirkus Wrenching, highly personal Graff also does an admirable job of maintaining focus on the personal stories and does not drift off into political commentary—or engage in placing blame—or arrange the material so that some of his interviewees look good and some bad.
Pretty much everyone emerges looking good Graff excels at re-creating the anxiety and terror of that day Readers who emerge dry-eyed from the text should check their pulses: Something is wrong with their hearts. Ethan Pollock. Pollock mines Russian and Soviet art, literature, and film for a huge number of banya references, to bolster his claim that the banya is central to Russian identity and a place of social experimentation. In accessible but detail-heavy prose, he considers the banya from numerous angles, including as potential hot spots for disease transmission.
Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. The essayists convey with uncommon candor how they live with disabilities Although several writers resist being called inspiring, their eloquent essays are nothing less A rich, moving collection. Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite. The varied formats, such as emails, texts, and letters, add interest and serve to make the story feel modern. However, the excessive pop-culture references are unnecessary additions to an otherwise captivating novel.
This exploration of a culture steeped in magical realism beautifully showcases the sacrifices we are sometimes called to make for the ties that bind us. Jennifer Block. Petina Gappah. Rave Kirkus A rollicking novel Gappah captures the diverse cultural milieu of colonial Africa with compelling detail.
The result is a rich, vivid, and addictive book filled with memorably drawn characters This is a humane, riveting, epic novel that spotlights marginalized historical voices. James Poniewozik. This intelligent eye-opener belongs on the small shelf of valuable books that help explain how Trump created his base. Rave Publishers Weekly Epochal shifts in entertainment media have driven the derangement of American politics, according to this caustic, scintillating cultural history Michael Crummey.
Rave Kirkus Crummey An unusual, gripping period novel from a much-honored Canadian writer. Rave Publishers Weekly In his fifth novel, Crummey Crummey delivers profound insight into how individuals grapple with the forces of nature, not only in the unpredictable environment, but in the mystifying interior of their temperaments, drives, and character. This story of how two guileless youngsters navigate life will have a deep emotional impact on its readers. Tracy Chevalier. Positive Publishers Weekly Chevalier excels at detailing the creative process, humanizing historical figures and capturing everyday life.
A compelling portrait of women not lost but thriving against the odds. Karl Ove Knausgaard, trans. Rave Kirkus Of the four books in this series published in English thus far, this one is the most rhetorically conventional: Knausgaard employs humor, irony and melodrama in ways that he studiously avoided in previous episodes. And when the story arrives at its climax and you can likely guess what that involves , Knausgaard uses the plainspokenness that defined his previous books to powerfully evoke the depth of his obliviousness, the hollowness of his triumph An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout.
The internal battle between his carnal urges and his ambitions and morals is an ongoing theme. Unapologetically crude, this entry is the funniest and least self-conscious in the series to date Kristyn Merbeth. Positive Kirkus While the storyline is a bit predictable, the narrative is powered by a cast of deeply developed characters. Scorpia, in particular, is impressively multidimensional—a barely functioning alcoholic who has major issues involving her demanding mother.
The nonstop action and varying levels of tension make this an unarguable page-turner, and the ending, while satisfying, is a perfect jumping-off point to another much larger adventure to come. The characters are distinct and grounded, and each interaction is filled with purpose and emotion that brings all of them, regardless of differences, into the fray together. SF fans who have been waiting for a crime family spin on space opera will find nothing but joy in this whirlwind story. Lilly Dancyger. Positive Publishers Weekly Editor Dancyger collects essays from 22 female writers contemplating and unleashing anger, continuing the MeToo ethos of emotional transparency and righteous indignation, to bracing and powerful effect.
The writers are a diverse group and cover a wide range of experiences It is a cathartic and often inspiring reading experience. Positive Kirkus Catapult contributing editor Dancyger creates a cathartic space for both well- and lesser-known writers to express the various ways in which their anger has manifested in their lives Powerful and provocative, this collection is an instructive read for anyone seeking to understand the many faces—and pains—of womanhood in 21st-century America. This is a page-turner that will make you hesitate before turning the page, so unnerving is the violence.
One of the best and scariest crime novels of the year, it adds to its rewards by promising us at least one sequel. A tantalizing, un-put-down-able novel by an instant master of the form. Rave Publishers Weekly Sveistrup, creator and writer of the TV series The Killing , makes his stellar debut with this classy procedural, a revenge saga played out in present-day Copenhagen by characters—both police and villains—excruciatingly true to life With rapid-fire cinematic cuts from one brutal scene after another, Sveistrup illuminates the complexities of urban police work amid abundant inefficiencies, a plethora of red herrings, and government corruption.
This one cries out for a sequel—and a film adaptation. Brock Clarke. Unquestionably the funniest novel ever written about Calvinism. Positive Publishers Weekly Clarke At times the freewheeling plot veers into confusing territory, and the weird nicknames and freakishly horrible events that plague the title character go overboard. Still, Clarke keeps it all grounded with standout prose. Tim Mason. The intelligent plot features prominent figures of the time, including Karl Marx, who may have a link to Rendell, and Charles Darwin, whose heretical theory of evolution has unsettled some very powerful men.
Those skills are evident in the crisp dialogue and well-structured scenes of this book The cast of characters teems with satisfyingly despicable villains, many of them based on real aristocrats and scientists. The most villainous, however, is the memorably terrifying Decimus Cobb With many grisly murders and many shocking surprises along the way, the book rockets toward a last dark twist. Careful research, a driving plot, wry wit, and compelling characters make this a most entertaining read.
Howard Michael Gould. Positive Kirkus If Maynard G. Krebs had become a PI, he might resemble Waldo, a longhair who is equally thrilled about work Or at least large paws. Fans of quirky PIs will find lots to like. Sandie Jones. Rave Crime by the Book A juicy, page-turning story of marital secrets Employing alternate narrators and time jumps to impeccable effect, Jones keeps readers hooked; she masterfully doles out just enough information to keep you wanting more. The twisty plot builds to a shocking conclusion. Gilbert M.
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In the clipped style of a beat reporter, [Gaul] recounts the histories of early developers Tallying up the enormous national tax burden of protecting and rebuilding coastal towns and beaches after storms, Gaul captures the overall head-in-the-sand mentality of coastal investors and administrators. While some readers may wish he would have vented more ire, Gaul sticks to the facts in this close-up expose about land at risk. Positive Kirkus Climate-change deniers will doubtless dismiss the waters lapping at their ankles, but coast dwellers will want to give this book their urgent attention.
MInette Walters. Positive Kirkus Readers of the first novel will know many of the details already because the two books are one tightly woven story Thoroughly enjoyable, if less exciting than The Last Hours. Read them both, and in order. Karl Ove Knausgaard. Rave The Evening Standard UK As a narrative this is the most straightforwardly autobiographical of the translated volumes. There is none of the switching back and forth through time and the digressions of Volume 2.
It is also chronologically the first, covering his life up to the age of 13, and perhaps the best place to start reading him Yet his father remains an enigma Indeed, while Knausgaard probes his own childhood personality at length — precocious, sensitive, anxious — he believes the same unknowability holds even for pictures of his young self It has the effect too of spurring the reader to think autobiographically: trying to recover the past while realising that its essence is out of reach.
Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Trans. This vortex of a novel compares neatly with Dostoevsky and shows Krasznahorkai at the absolute summit of his decades-long project. Apocalyptic, visionary, and mad, it flies off the page and stays lodged intractably wherever it lands. But no matter: In the end, the worlds the philosopher, the baron, and other characters inhabit are slated to disappear in a wall of flame, an apocalypse that, as Krasznahorkai assures, is not just physical and actual, but also existential A challenge for readers unused to endless sentences and unbroken paragraphs but worth the slog for its wealth of ideas.
Dana Thomas. Convincing, responsible, and motivational fashion industry reportage. Positive Publishers Weekly In this informative volume, fashion journalist Thomas convincingly lays out multiple arguments against fast fashion Samantha Power. Positive Kirkus The author, who was later appointed the U.
Still, she clearly understands the use of soft power, noting, for instance, the long-standing understanding of U. She is not uncritical of that organization, either, pointing to procedural quirks that enabled Vladimir Putin to exercise outsized influence on events. A fine handbook for anyone interested in the workings of international policy. Miriam Toews.
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Toews conveys family cycles of crisis and intermittent calm through recurring events and behaviors Readers yearn for more time with this complex, radiant woman who fiercely loves her family but cannot love herself The prose throughout the book is lively and original and moves along at a steady clip. Rave The Dallas Morning News Toews writes from the point of view of Yoli, whose interior monologue reads like a cross between David Foster Wallace and Robin Williams if both were, in fact, a something Mennonite woman with authority issues. Readers should not expect a novel about the psychological causes of depression or trauma.
All My Puny Sorrows insists upon focusing on the present, on the chaotic here-and-now and what good can be gleaned from any given moment Toews has written a moving book about the deep commitment between very different sisters, each troubled in her own way but each imbued with a love and understanding for the other that outsiders cannot fathom. There are many moving parts to the story, and Rosen does a good job of keeping the narrative clear and moving smoothly Vigorous storytelling at the intersection of sports and crime history.
Laura van den Berg. Rave Kirkus A gifted American fiction writer tackles little slivers of crime from the points of view of young women on the verge of self-discovery Had these hardhearted stories of trespassers, exiles and beautiful losers come from one of the regular blokes, readers would label them noir and call it a day. But in the hands of superlative writer van den Berg, these stories seem to dig a little deeper and resonate a little longer With prose as crisp and cool as that of Richard Lange or Patricia Highsmith, van den Berg is someone to keep track of A mesmerizing collection of stories about the secrets that keep us.
A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world. Positive Publishers Weekly The debut novel from van den Berg brings the lightly speculative touch to real-world longing that characterizes her collections Thomas Chatterton Williams. Rave Kirkus A standout memoir that digs into vital contemporary questions of race and self-image In the hands of a lesser writer, the back and forth of his pondering could have sunk the memoir.
However, it succeeds spectacularly An insightful, indispensable memoir. Claiming the uniqueness of the black experience, he argues, is still buying into the racist idea that race is a centrally important facet of identity Regardless of whether readers agree with his conclusions, these essays are intellectually rigorous, written in fluid prose, and frequently exhilarating. Hank Phillippi Ryan. Pan Kirkus Unfortunately, her latest legal procedural will not join them. At the center of it is an unrealistic and poorly developed character Obviously, most suspense novels rely on keeping the reader in the dark about something.
But a big, glaring omission in what is presented as first-person interior monologue—as if the person is redacting their own thoughts—is one of the least impressive gambits. It is central here If you like subtlety and interesting characters in your crime novels, look elsewhere. Ryan has done better and will do so again. Margaret Atwood. Mixed Kirkus Like the novel that preceded it, this sequel is presented as found documents—first-person accounts of life inside a misogynistic theocracy from three informants This approach gives readers insight into different aspects of life inside and outside Gilead, but it also leads to a book that sometimes feels overstuffed And the more we get to know Agnes, Daisy, and Aunt Lydia, the less convincing they become Suspenseful, full of incident, and not obviously necessary.
Jeffrey Ford. Timothy , about a grown-up Tiny Tim, will be entertained. Clare Mackintosh. Positive Kirkus This is grim material, and in other hands, the story easily could have turned mawkish. But Mackintosh, a British author of mystery-thrillers Everything, at least in the first half of the novel, feels true The book is also briskly plotted, an unlikely page-turner.. The book falters in the overlong second half. The author imagines dual outcomes to her story, which seems gimmicky—things get complicated and sometimes confusing as well as repetitive. But the ending, if not exactly happy, is authentically hopeful.
While occasionally overwrought, this is a perceptive, skillfully told story about a profoundly painful subject. Sarah Lotz. Instead, it follows the slow progress of the investigation, moving appropriately to emphasize the mundanity, perhaps, but devoid in the end of true mystery or suspense. The characters form a likable band of misfits who deserve a more exciting plot. Lotz fails to generate much suspense en route to the flat climax. Alan Lightman. Mixed Kirkus Novelist Lightman Almost unrelentingly grim, but there are moments of unexpected grace that provide the characters, and readers, with hope.
Positive Publishers Weekly Lightman Lightman infuses Cambodian culture naturally among his considered dissections of pain. Daniel Markovits. Bold proposals for a radical revision of contemporary society. Cameron Dezen Hammon. Hammon wisely focuses on storytelling and lets readers take away what they will.
A generous and unflinchingly brave memoir about faith, feminism, and freedom. Positive Publishers Weekly Elio is the heart of the novel, as its core themes—including fatherhood, music, the nature of time and fate, the weight and promise of the past—are infused with eroticism, nostalgia and tenderness in fluid prose. Positive Kirkus Aciman blends assuredly mature themes with deep learning in which the likes of Bach and Cavafy and several languages grace the proceedings, and his story is touching without being sentimental even if some of it is too neatly inevitable.
An elegant, memorable story of enduring love across the generations. Erin Morgenstern. As in The Night Circus , Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call. An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page. This love letter to bibliophiles is dreamlike and uncanny, grounded in deeply felt emotion, and absolutely thrilling.
Malcolm Gladwell. Readers will find this both fascinating and topical. Rave Kirkus Every few years, journalist Gladwell Readers expecting another everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong page-turner will not be disappointed, but they will also encounter some unsettling truths Another Gladwell tour de force but perhaps his most disturbing.
Nancy Hale, Ed. Classic examples of the art of short fiction, capturing the variety of human experience with sophisticated economy. Rave Publishers Weekly Skillfully introduced and selected by Lauren Groff, this excellent collection of 25 short stories by Hale Extensively published in the New Yorker and the winner of 10 O. Peter McGough. An intimate portrait of personal struggles and artistic triumphs. This provocative account offers an idiosyncratic examination of gay pride and the s art scene.
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Benjamin Moser. Mixed Publishers Weekly In this doorstopper biography, Moser His book leaves readers with a sweeping, perhaps definitive portrait of an acclaimed author, though one likely to deter all but her most ardent admirers with its length. Positive Kirkus Drawing on some interviews, a rich, newly available archive of personal papers, and abundant published sources, biographer, essayist, and translator Moser Sympathetic and sharply astute, Moser recounts the astonishing evolution of Susan Rosenblatt, an impressively bright and inquisitive child of the Jewish middle class, into an internationally acclaimed, controversial, and often combative cultural figure A nuanced, authoritative portrait of a legendary artist.
Positive Kirkus Crucet Zadie Smith. Smith exercises her range without losing her wry, slightly cynical humor. Readers of all tastes will find something memorable in this collection. Rave Kirkus Nineteen erudite stories wheel through a constellation of topics, tones, and fonts to dizzying literary effect Positive Kirkus A Norwegian novelist plumbs his interior life, particularly his troubled relationship with his late father, in this curiously affecting opening to a multipart epic Knausgaard is emotionally clumsy to be sure, but remarkably, almost miraculously, his novel never comes off as a plea for sympathy, as so many memoirs or memoir-novels are.
A simple and surprising effort to capture everyday life that rewards the time given to it. Juliet Marillier. Rave Publishers Weekly This breathtaking, often heartbreaking Celtic-flavored fantasy novel from Marillier Most satisfying is her ability to weave multiple strands of narrative into a brilliant tapestry. This lush fantasy is sure to win Marillier many new fans. Carolina De Robertis.
Carefully crafted and expertly observed, each sentence is an elegant gift A stunning novel about queer love, womanhood, and personal and political revolution. TransKen Liu. Rave Kirkus Raising a family, making art and the difficulty of reconciling the two drives the remarkable second installment of this six-volume novel-as-memoir A patient exploration of courtship and fatherhood stripped clean of politesse.
Jami Attenberg. Rave Kirkus Prickly and unsentimental, but never quite hopeless, Attenberg, poet laureate of difficult families, captures the relentlessly lonely beauty of being alive Not a gentle novel but a deeply tender one. Attenberg excels at revealing rich interior lives—not only for her main cast, but also for cameo characters—in direct, lucid prose.
This is a delectable family saga. Hilton Als. Highly attuned to popular culture, Als is a writer of many moods—meditative, sardonic, haunting, funny, reflective, and unconventional. Rave Kirkus His follow-up collection is less cohesive but proves to be equally daring and nearly as experimental as his audacious debut Leapfrogging from straightforward journalism to fiction written in other personas, the author demonstrates a practiced combination of cultural perception, keen self-awareness and principled self-assurance Sasha Sagan.
Profound, elegantly written ruminations on the exquisite splendors of life enjoyed through a secular lens. Charming and appealing, this thoughtful work serves as an uplifting, life-honoring celebration of human existence.
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Nina Allan. There are gay characters but they are predatory; the only black woman character is described as large, and the protagonist speculates about her pubic hair. The many characters with dwarfism are consistently compared to dolls and fetishized by average-size people. While the rich imagery, sentence construction, and deft storytelling lend the novel charm and readability, these aspects of the narrative are disturbing
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