Author: Jeff Alford

Phone by Will Self 0

Phone by Will Self

★★★★☆ In 2012, Will Self published Umbrella, an under-read masterwork of Joycean proportions that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Umbrella reads as if Self found a loose thread in the conceptual stitching of...

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Winter 2018: Books to Read and Review

Here’s a breakdown of my current stack of books to read and review. There’s a lot of interesting things on deck, including a new book by Ned Beauman and Will Self. I absolutely adored...

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Umbrella by Will Self

★★★★☆ With its epigraph from Ulysses and a revealing synopsis printed in the book’s front-endpapers, it is apparent from the start that Will Self’s Umbrella (shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize) will not...

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

★★★★☆ Before we moved out west, my wife and I lived in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn for three years. It was a strange, beautiful neighborhood, an oasis of massive, single-family Victorian homes nestled between busy...

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Winter by Ali Smith

★★★★☆ The second volume of her seasonal tetralogy, Ali Smith’s Winter is a hazy Christmastime tale about a family reuniting over the winter holiday. Like Autumn before it, Winter uses a relatively simple plot to...

Best Books 2017 0

Best Books of 2017

This week, we’ve had each of our critics post a summary on the Run Spot Run blog of the three best books they read this year. It’s always an interesting exercise for a group...

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Best Books of 2017: Jeff’s Picks

Ali Smith’s Autumn is a tremendously good and timely novel and one that should have knocked George Saunders’s incredible (but let’s face it, pretty weird) Lincoln in the Bardo from the Man Booker Prize’s...