Polly Dugan’s So Much a Part of You (2014)


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

Polly Dugan’s So Much a Part of You (2014)2014-07-15T10:21:04-05:00

Page-turners: sometimes mysterious


Nothing like a good mystery. Some serial fun, with Giles Blunt, Ian Hamilton, Louise Penny, or my most recent discovery, the Nina Borg series by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis. But one can find a good page-turner in the standalone novels on the fiction shelves too. Take Claire Cameron's freshly published The Bear, longlisted

Page-turners: sometimes mysterious2017-07-24T15:36:17-05:00

Brigid Pasulka’s The Sun and Other Stars (2014)


Readers can debate whether Etto or soccer or the town of San Benedetto is the main character in The Sun and Other Stars: the novel can reach readers' hearts via more than one route. Simon & Schuster, 2014 And, yet, that suggests that the three can be separated, whereas this

Brigid Pasulka’s The Sun and Other Stars (2014)2020-03-31T12:17:40-05:00

Two Chilling Reads: The Dark and Secrecy


Rupert Thomson's Secrecy is suffused with deliciously disturbing images and scenes. A thin, dark ribbon of sky. Bared teeth with clumps of hair. A dead bird that dangles from a girl’s first like a flower needing water. A snake skin shed in a doorway. A secret passage. A stabbed countess. A

Two Chilling Reads: The Dark and Secrecy2014-05-13T15:03:24-05:00

Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013)


Inspired by women who were driven and successful in spheres traditionally dominated by men, Rachel Kushner presents Reno. Scribner - Simon & Schuster, 2013 One might use the same words to describe this fictional woman that Jonathan Franzen used to describe her creator, when she was his student

Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013)2014-05-13T15:40:02-05:00
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