Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Chinese Girls: In Fiction, In Photos

Bette Bao Lord’s In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (1984) opens when Bandit is living in China in her grandparents’ home. She is ten years old (nine in Western birthdays) and she is about to learn that she will be going to live in the United States.

  “Holding Precious […]


Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (2014)

Inherently uncomfortable. Essentially intimate. The relationship between dentist and patient is complex, contradictory.

Little Brown & Company, 2014

Most of us view that relationship from the perspective of patient, so Paul O’Rourke’s voice has the potential to be illuminating, unique, fresh.

In earlier works, Joshua Ferris has vividly inhabited the working worlds of advertising, law, and scriptwriting; […]


The Art of Fielding, errrrr Living

Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding.NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.

“Baseball – what a boring game! One player threw the ball, another caught it, a third held a bat. Everyone else stood around.”

Chad Harbach’s debut novel shares its title with a guide to playing baseball, which includes meditative observations on the art […]