Although some of the characters in the Margaret Millar mysteries I have read answer their own phones, many answer other people’s phones instead: the telephones of older or more privileged relatives or those of their bosses. There’s even a switchboard operator in the mix, along with a woman better known for not answering calls at […]
In interview with Mark Medley in September, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his new book, Here I Am, in such a way that it’s clear it feels distinct from his other writing for him.
Hamish Hamilton – PRH, 2016
Many of the attendees are carrying copies of his earlier books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely […]
Sun-Mi Hwang’s The Hen Who Believed She Could Fly was a runaway bestseller for its Korean author, who had previously published more than 50 books and was surprised to find her work such a phenomenon, not only in Korea but beyond.
Abacus – Hachette, 2016
The Dog Who Dared to Dream is poised to experience […]
Lynda Barry says a “happy ending is hardly important, though we may be glad it’s there”.
But there’s more to it, she says: “The real joy is knowing that if you felt the trouble in the story, your kingdom isn’t dead.”*
Doubleday Canada, 2015
If one reads a lot of literary fiction, ambiguity in […]
With chapters named for the days of the week in Street Angel and with specific dates in a given week in Adult Onset, these two novels seem to make ideal reading companions.
Ultimately, much of literary fiction is preoccupied with time. Whether it is Molly Bloom’s day in James Joyce’s classic Ulysses or the week […]
“Bad coffee can only keep you company for so long at four a.m. in a bus depot.”
Caitlin Press, 2014
All of the characters in Janine Alyson Young’s debut collection seem as though they would immediately recognize the truth of that. They all seem to have a spot of the drifter in them, even […]
Like his first novel, Touch, The Lobster Kings showcases Alexi Zentner’s penchant for storytelling.
Knopf Canada, 2014
Readers who learn that this novel is a retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” might expect the tale to distance readers, with the original story centuries old and memories of stilted readings in school or black-and-white films […]
Though each segment could be read as a standalone, each is So Much a Part of the Landscape that Polly Dugan’s work is best read all-in-a-burst.
Little Brown & Company, 2014
More trust is required on the reader’s part than, say, with Carrie Snyder’s more prominently linked The Juliet Stories or Elise Juska’s The Blessings.
With book in hand, readers will know this is a collection of short fiction marketed as horror stories. But that’s a broad stroke; Dracula and The Stand are both frightening tales.
In the hands of Susie Moloney, a horror story sometimes means gruesome and moist: “Brains and cranial fluid seeped from [her] head onto the […]