To drive these days through Great Lakes cities — Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, among others — is to drive through the nation's...
Veronica Gonzalez Peña follows the lives of a middle-class Mexican family that has been shaped by absence, loss, sickness and dead dreams.
The author of 'TransAtlantic,' which explores missions by Frederick Douglass, George Mitchell and two pioneering fliers, talks about his inspiration.
A father's decision to give his 3-year-old daughter to a wealthy family in Kabul begins an almost 60-year Afghan history lesson as recounted by the characters in Khaled Hosseini's newest novel.
The long unfinished poem edited by J.R.R. Tolkien's son, Christopher, provides fascinating insight into the author's work.
Detective Inspector Jack Caffery and Sgt. Flea Marley investigate strange occurrences at a psychiatric hospital and the disappearance of a footballer's wife.
The novelist takes on the idea that sins committed in pursuing national goals will be forgiven and forgotten.
Carlos Rojas' inventive novel 'Ingenious Gentleman' and a new edition of the poet-playwright's 'Poet in New York' bring the writer back to life.
The writer and co-founder of Sister Spit talks about trading memoirs for a young adult fantasy trilogy.
The seemingly dead detective is back in 'Little Green.' In an interview, Mosley discusses his legendary character as he wanders his old Mid-City neighborhood -- also Rawlins' home turf.
Jennifer Gilmore's novel traces the ups and downs of one hopeful, frustrated pair.
In Isabel Allende's latest novel, a troubled young Chilean-American woman flees for her life.
The Writer's Life: Matthew Specktor drives past the boyhood landmarks he repurposed in his L.A.-set novel 'American Dream Machine.' Reality and fiction commingle.
The former radical's experiences during the 1960s in San Francisco inform her new novel. She talks hippies, Black Panthers and revolution.
Laleh Khadivi's second novel featuring a Kurdish man who seeks refuge in L.A. covers key points in Iranian American history and is an important addition to the literature of California immigrants.
Years of quiet sacrifice boil dry as a father in his late 50s fears he's losing everying, including his beloved daughter.
The Whitbread-winning author gets to tell one story after another in conjuring up a woman who lives and dies repeatedly, and it's a remarkable conceit.
The writer's debut novel is a memorable coming-of-age tale about hometown ambivalence and finding a place in the world.
Elizabeth Strout's follow-up to the Pulitzer-winning 'Olive Kitteridge' is weakest where that was strong, although her gift for sketching rich profiles economically is evident in peripheral figures.
Steph Cha's debut novel begins as an homage to the famous gumshoe and Raymond Chandler before ending up exploring vastly different mean streets of L.A.
Playing is both a central activity and a philosophical subject of Jenny Davidson's new novel centered on three intellectually accomplished women.
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The novelist haunts Princeton and gives otherworldly forces a palpable reality.
Gass' long-awaited new novel features an academic obsessed with history — because his own is a fabrication.
The author's novel takes a Zen approach, weaving together a Japanese girl's diary and the story of a novelist who finds it.
A chance encounter leads a woman to discoveries about her family's fate in a Nazi camp. Readers tease out the moral quandaries that arise.
"Reqiuem," the final novel in Lauren Oliver's "Delirium" trilogy, ends with plenty of heroics but not enough feeling.
Dorothea Lange's defining photograph of the Great Depression has inspired the author's fifth work of fiction.
What starts off as a paranormal thriller turns into a dissection of small-town life when violence rears its head.
An 18th century Frenchman's reincarnation into a modern-day New York insect might be a disastrous leap for a less gifted writer, but the new novel "Jacob's Folly" takes wing.
The city's poet laureate transmits the sights and sounds of the city in 'A Wild Surmise'
Comics artist Ben Katchor's fascinating book is a bittersweet atlas of an imaginary city and a faded world.