Category: Literature

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...

Umbrella by Will Self 0

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...

Simon & Schuster, 2018. 2

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

★★☆☆☆ Asymmetry reads like the product of a promising young writer having completed a very good creative writing MFA program, who is subsequently unable to write much beyond a meta discussion of everything she...

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan 0

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...

Pantheon, 2017 0

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...

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo 0

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Centered on the 1944 occupation of Hungary and spanning nearly thirty-five years over a handful of chapters, Katalin Street follows three neighboring families during World War II and the...