Book review – fiction

nickel boys

America’s brutal borstals

July 25, 2019 11:47 am

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead reviewed

travelers

Desperate souls

June 27, 2019 2:19 pm

Travelers by Helon Habila reviewed

barr

Brutish Brits

May 23, 2019 4:57 pm

You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr reviewed

memories of the future

Writing as revenge

March 21, 2019 9:17 am

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt reviewed

hark sam lipsyte

Hitting the bull’s-eye

February 14, 2019 10:07 am

Hark by Sam Lipsyte reviewed

jeeves and wooster

Bertie takes on the Black Shorts

November 29, 2018 1:16 pm

Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott reviewed

heredity DNA robert plomin

Heredity is only half the story

October 25, 2018 10:56 am

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

washington black

The burden of freedom

September 13, 2018 8:34 am

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan reviewed

american story

All things lead to 9/11

September 6, 2018 11:14 am

An American Story, by Christopher Priest, reviewed

paris echo sebastian faulks

Hoping to find happiness

September 6, 2018 9:47 am

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks reviewed

american short stories

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…