Category: Literature

Picador, 2017. 0

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

★★★★★ South Pole Station’s July 4th release date is counterintuitive in its timeliness—Ashley Shelby’s novel of a painter’s sojourn at an isolated Antarctic outpost offers excellent escapism for these humid summer months. By glancing...

Modern Gods by Nick Laird 0

Modern Gods by Nick Laird

★★☆☆☆ It’s surprising that the opening of Modern Gods wasn’t rewritten: two masked men open fire in a local bar while a band is playing, spraying the crowd with bullets from an AK-47. Somehow...

House of Names by Colm Toibin 0

House of Names by Colm Toibin

★★★★☆ A sick proposal from the Gods: in order for the winds to favorably carry Agamemnon’s ships to battle, he must sacrifice his eldest daughter Iphegenia. Blinded by the prospects of glory, Agamemnon heeds...

Augustown by Kei Miller 0

Augustown by Kei Miller

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kei Miller’s Augustown is a rhapsodic new force in the canon of Caribbean literature. Synthesizing generations of local lore, Miller tells the spellbinding story of a small Jamaican community’s...

Before We Sleep by Jeffrey Lent 0

Before We Sleep by Jeffrey Lent

★★★★☆ Little kids ask, “Why?” Teenagers also question, but the difference is that teenagers often try to find the answers themselves. Katey Snow is 17 years old, about to leave home for college in...

Autumn by Ali Smith 0

Autumn by Ali Smith

★★★★★ The first part of a seasonal tetralogy, Ali Smith’s Autumn is a stunning meditation on memory and modernity, reconciling loss in our contemporary age of excess. This a perfect novel for the post-Trump,...

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge 0

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

★★★★☆ Horror fiction legend H.P. Lovecraft transformed reality into mythos. His tales of the Old Gods, lurking “inside the earth or under the sea” or just beyond a distant astral plane, often begin in...