| Jan 28, 2009
John Updike, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction whose novels and short stories exposed an undercurrent of ambivalence and disappointment in small-town, middle-class America, died Tuesday. He was 76.
Updike's death from lung cancer was...
| Sep 14, 2008
IN PERSON, 75-year-old Philip Roth seems anything but indignant. Seated on a couch in the inner sanctum of his agent's office, he is soft-spoken, prone to long, thoughtful pauses. Even his clothing -- khaki pants, brown shoes, an Oxford shirt with a light...
| Sep 16, 2008
ONE OF THE ways to recognize truly great writers is that even their mistakes engage us.
Philip Roth is our greatest living novelist, and his new book, "Indignation," is an irritating, puzzling and fascinating bundle of mistakes, miscalculations and self-...
| Oct 5, 2008
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle à la "Hamlet." || 11 ||
|| 2. || The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone:...
| Oct 10, 2008
If the selection of French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as the 2008 Nobel literature laureate has anything to tell us, it's that Horace Engdahl means what he says.
Last week, Engdahl, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, called American...
| Oct 31, 2008
Toward the end of "Promenade of the Gods," Japanese novelist Koji Suzuki pens one of those unfortunate sentences that invite reviewers to bludgeon him with his own pronouncements. "When it came to injecting a broad story into a person's head," Suzuki...
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" was first published back in 1988 and immediately tagged a "brat pack" novel, causing its author, the then preposterously young Michael Chabon (he was still only in his early 20s) to be spoken of in the same breath as Bret...
| Jun 22, 2008
Edward Anderson had a strange and sad career. He was born in Texas in 1905 and grew up in Oklahoma, serving his apprenticeship as a journalist on a small paper in Ardmore, Okla. Restless, he worked as a deckhand on a freighter, plied his fists as a...
| Aug 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES, the playwright and performance artist Luis Alfaro once said, is "like a bunch of little border towns, and you have to cross over those borders. If you figure out the dynamics of each little border town, you can get along well."
| Oct 25, 2009
Last Night in Twisted River
Random House: 558 pp., $28
The opening passages of "Last Night in Twisted River" recycle John Irving's signature themes at such dizzy speed, it's as though the author were ticking boxes. New England?...
| Nov 1, 2009
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 140 pp., $22
"He'd lost his magic," begins Philip Roth's elegant and brutal new novella, launching right into the downfall of its protagonist, Simon Axler, a celebrated sixtysomething actor....