Author: Jeff Alford

Human Acts by Han Kang 0

Human Acts by Han Kang

★★★★☆ Harrowing and brutal, Han Kang’s Human Acts is exactly the sort of political novel the world needs in 2017. While her story is specific to a single historical moment, Kang’s account of a...

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February 2017: Books to Read and Review

After a number of short novellas in January, I’m excited to dig into some longer books this month. Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund’s correspondence about soccer sounds remarkable and frankly quite strange, and I’m...

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag 0

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

★★☆☆☆ A Bangladore family in the spice trade is faced with a crisis of interdependence. The narrator’s uncle managed to transform their family into wealthy entrepreneurs (doing so practically overnight), and each member of...

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 0

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

★★☆☆☆ John Darnielle’s new novel Universal Harvester is an urban legend — a convoluted and ultimately disappointing one, but enough of a creepy modern folktale to appeal to those readers sensitive to nostalgic storytelling....