Category: Literature

Loner by Teddy Wayne 0

Loner by Teddy Wayne

★★★★☆ Teddy Wayne’s third novel Loner is a brave and precise portrait of a tense, prevalent subject. As with the opioid epidemic, sexual assault is undoubtedly widespread yet is too often hushed behind closed...

Nutshell by Ian McEwan 0

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

★★★★☆ “So here I am, upside down in a woman,” opens Ian McEwan’s surprisingly successful new novel Nutshell, which is narrated by the unborn child of a nine-months-pregnant woman. Readers may wince at this...

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Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

★★★☆☆ Anuradha Roy’s Sleeping on Jupiter tells the story of Nomi, a young documentary filmmaker who travels back to the seaside town of Jarmuli, India to confront the long-buried secrets of her past. “I...

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Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

★★★☆☆ Whispers of “literary gimmickry” have followed Jonathan Safran Foer endlessly, involving his choices in narration, typesetting, and vocabulary. Eleven years after his previous novel, we get Here I Am, a comparatively mammoth work...

The Vegetarian by Han Kang 0

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

★★★★☆ Haunted by recurring visions of blood and viscera, Yeong-hye decides to become a vegetarian. Her husband, narrator of the first section of Han Kang’s allegorical novel The Vegetarian, cannot comprehend this decision as...

Barkskins by Annie Proulx 0

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

★★★★☆ In 1693, in a muddy riverbank settlement of New France, René Sel and Charles Duquet meet their new master Monsieur Trépagny and journey inland to begin a new settlement. With the promise of...