| Nov 8, 2009
Too Much Happiness
Alfred A. Knopf: 320 pp., $25.95
"No way this could be seen as probable or possible, unless you think of a blow between the eyes, a sudden calamity," muses the narrator of "Fiction," one of the 10 masterly...
| Jul 12, 2009
Both Ways Is the
Only Way I Want It
Riverhead: 224 pp., $25.95
If that pebble rolling around in your shoe were in fact a diamond, it would still cause a blister. And so it is with the stories of Maile Meloy's collection, "Both...
| Mar 8, 2009
"I shall not, for example, try to evoke a rhetorical chiaroscuro of an intellect suspended in the twilight of the last divine monarchy, exposed to the philosophies of anarchy, communism and socialism, stricken by a loss of free speech; an intelligence...
| Sep 2, 2007
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment.
They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
| Mar 29, 2009
Patrick White, the first great novelist to come out of Australia, was born in 1912, won the Nobel Prize in 1973, died in 1990 and his work promptly dropped from fashion. His style of narrative-driven psychological modernism seemed outmoded, perhaps,...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 12:03 PM
"The Wild Child"
By T.C. Boyle Viking. Pp. 304. $25.95
T.C. Boyle's volume of his collected stories first appeared in 1998, a book that included nearly seven hundred pages of his short fiction. Today, more than ten years and four volumes and dozens and...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 6:26 PM
'The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel'
By Adam Langer Spiegel & Grau, 259 pp., $24
By their chunky glasses, facial scruff, skinny jeans, and iPhones you shall know them: New York’s latest crop of aspiring male fiction writers, fresh from the provinces...
| Sep 7, 2010
| 10:09 AM
Before the advent of these Canadian fiction masters, the only other inroads on American culture made by our neighbor to the north was a feeble attempt, when the British Army came down across the border and held a river crossing at Schuylerville, New...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 11:39 AM
One of America’s leading novelists will spend time on the Centre College campus, reading from her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Olive Kitteridge,” and giving a class at the college library.
Elizabeth Strout’s award-winning...
| Feb 19, 2008
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tamara Jenkins has some mixed feelings about the remarkability of this year's female-flush original screenplay category.
"It's a complicated feeling to be singled out because of gender. Sometimes you bristle under the...