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Interviews

"Conflicts Are Magnets": James McBride

The author of The Good Lord Bird talks about John Brown, Coltrane, and writing from the uncomfortable chair.

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Reviews & Essays

Claire of the Sea Light

In a small Haitian town, the question of a young girl's fate hangs in the balance.

 

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In Brief

Necessary Errors

A young American comes of age in a radically new Prague.

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Reviews & Essays

Brewster

The restlessness of two small-town teens mirrors the turbulence of 1968.

 

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Reviews & Essays

The Art of Joy

An epic-scale novel of a woman's emotional and sexual odyssey, written by the daughter of anarchists.

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Reviews & Essays

The Sound of Things Falling

Echoes of Nabokov and Fitzgerald ring through the life and death of a Colombian drug runner.

 

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Reviews & Essays

The Night Gwen Stacy Died

Two comic book imitators in love learn the joys and perils of role playing.

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Reviews & Essays

Fin & Lady

A pair of orphans make their way through life in the Greenwich Village of the 1960s.

 

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In Brief

My Education

Love in full flower can be hard to tell from a doomed obsession.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

The tuneful life and lasting zest of a sweetly dry wit.

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Reader's Diary

In Times of Fading Light

An East German family epic unpacks a world of official lies with sardonic humor.

 

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Reviews & Essays

The No World Concerto

A novelist tries to make very modern music out of a work of fiction.

 

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Reviews & Essays

George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time

Can the CIA director's soul be saved by an editor's idiosyncratic methods?

 

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In Brief

The Bookman's Tale

A mysterious portrait is at the center of a literary page-turner.

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Interviews

Luddites, Innuendo, and the Solar Plexus: An Interview with Tom Drury

The author of Pacific on returning to the Grouse County of his prior novels, his recent screenwriting, and teaching journalism.

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