Category: Literature

Quicksand by Steve Toltz 0

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

★★★★☆ Steve Toltz’s Quicksand is a maniacally funny novel about friendship, hope and the human condition; it is a work at once soul-lifting and spirit-crushing, capable of eliciting both uproarious laughter and inward cringe...

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash 0

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

★★★★☆ Ron Rash’s newest novel utilizes the dual nature of the best of Southern literature. Above the Waterfall is told through the voices of two protagonists, one reflecting Southern noir; the other the voice...

The Blue Guitar by John Banville 0

The Blue Guitar by John Banville

★★★★★ John Banville is an astonishing wordsmith and delivers with The Blue Guitar a rhapsodic novel from the upper echelons of contemporary literature. His sentences are for savoring: ambrosiac chains of clauses so good...

Purity by Jonathan Franzen 2

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

★★☆☆☆ Jonathan Franzen, author of the divisive and monumental novels Freedom and The Corrections carries with him an aura of literary importance. Since the publication of The Corrections nearly fifteen years ago, his books...

A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball 0

A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball

★★★★☆ It is better to consider Jesse Ball a text-based artist than simply a novelist: his books are far from traditionally fulfilling narratives but instead captivating volumes of expressive, theoretical exploration. Dialogue-driven, A Cure...

Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami 0

Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

It may be tempting to approach Wind/Pinball like you would pressing play on a favorite band’s demo tape, but Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 (Haruki Murakami’s first two novels) are surprisingly polished...