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Reviews & Essays

Next Life Might Be Kinder

A husband's grief over his wife's death leads to an unsettling set of possibilities.

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip

A dark comedy captures the tension and suspense of seventh grade conformity.

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Ruby

One southern woman's haunting story recalls the works of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.

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Rock & Roll &

More Generous than That

A rock musician-turned-novelist takes the woes of three hard-luck Americans and makes them sing.

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Pushkin Hills

A comedy of Russian art and politics finds a frustrated writer being torn apart at the seams.

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Interviews

I Always Prefer Books That Are Inevitable: David Grossman on "Falling Out of Time"

The author of To the End of the Land returns to the grief of losing a child, in a poignant and richly lyrical dirge.

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In Paradise

A guided tour through Nazi concentration camps makes for a haunting end to the life and career of a twentieth-century master.

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Interviews

A Song in the Dark: Julia Glass

The National Book Award‑winning writer talks about her new novel, and some old friends' return.

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Every Day Is for the Thief

A Nigerian expatriate returns to Lagos, with altered vision.

 

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Interviews

Invisible Country: Phil Klay and Bill Cheng

Two of today's best young fiction writers on soldier's stories, the Delta blues, and walking the tightrope between terror and hilarity.

 

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All Our Names

American reinvention meets African revolution in the tale of a friendship and its aftermath.

 

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Interviews

Everything That Lives Is Holy: Susan Minot on Thirty Girls

A true story of abduction and terror inspired the novelist to strike out in a bold new direction.

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A Country for Old Men

Fiction's Old Guard is in anything but retreat.

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Interviews

Pioneer Girl: Bich Minh Nguyen

Two writers capture the legacy of  Laura Ingalls Wilder in works of memoir and fiction.

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Quesadillas

A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

 

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