Book review – fiction

Heredity is only half the story

October 25, 2018 10:56 am

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are by Robert Plomin reviewed

The burden of freedom

September 13, 2018 8:34 am

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan reviewed

All things lead to 9/11

September 6, 2018 11:14 am

An American Story, by Christopher Priest, reviewed

Hoping to find happiness

September 6, 2018 9:47 am

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks reviewed

Too much American angst: the latest short stories

August 23, 2018 7:36 am

New collections by A.M. Homes, Joseph O’Neill, Christine Schutt, Margarita García Robayo and Gaito Gazdanov reviewed

The plight of the returnee

August 16, 2018 1:06 pm

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen reviewed.

Shades of Rear Window: People in the Room, by Norah Lange, reviewed

August 2, 2018 10:12 am

Borges’ muse paints a picture of suffocating isolation and voyeurism.

Born again: My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh, reviewed

July 26, 2018 9:40 am

For all her wise-cracking, the history of parental neglect, bereavement and social savagery that has brought her low is genuinely affecting.

A Shout in the Ruins is a panorama of the Civil War and beyond

June 21, 2018 2:35 pm

The second novel from Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers contains lots of gore, and the sort of casual violence that can be just as disturbing.

The marvellous humanity of Meg Wolitzer

May 31, 2018 8:06 pm

The author delicately slides from comedy to tragedy and back again, and from class to class.

Boxing not so clever

February 3, 2018 9:00 am

For Horace Hopper, the half-breed protagonist of Willy Vlautin’s bleak new novel, essential truths come slowly, and usually too late…