Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)


The dead fuel Jesmyn Ward's novels. She feels the weight of their stories; she shoulders them, shares them. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, their chorus of voices - even in the epigraphs but also in the novel - reverberates between and beyond the covers. Ward's are heart-shattering stories. But they

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00

Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day (2017)


Mumbai remains an important character in Aravind Adiga's fiction, but the main character in Selection Day is something else: cricket. Scribner -S&S, 2016 In fact, in the "Glossary of Cricket Terms" in the novel, he writes: "India: A country said to have two real religions – cinema and

Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day (2017)2017-01-02T11:23:02-05:00

Stephen King’s End of Watch (2016)


In the final volume of the Bill Hodges trilogy, the timeline briefly veers back to the opening scene of Mr. Mercedes. This time, a few minutes after the scene which opens the series. (Then it returns to a contemporary setting, a few years after Finders Keepers.) Scribner - S&S,

Stephen King’s End of Watch (2016)2017-07-20T17:47:01-05:00

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)


Like Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, Alice Hoffman's novel begins from a place of belonging. Scribner - Simon & Schuster, 2014 Coralie is a professional mermaid in early twentieth-century Coney Island, who grows up with the Wolfman and various other characters who seem to step from the pages of

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)2020-10-01T16:18:44-05:00

Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (2013)


One of the reasons for The Shining's success is that it was not simply a horror story, but the story of a family struggling to make a go of it, in a situation which becomes horrific. A hopeful but hesitant mother: "For the first time she let herself believe that this

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