Book review – fiction
Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are by Robert Plomin reviewed
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan reviewed
An American Story, by Christopher Priest, reviewed
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks reviewed
New collections by A.M. Homes, Joseph O’Neill, Christine Schutt, Margarita García Robayo and Gaito Gazdanov reviewed
A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen reviewed.
Borges’ muse paints a picture of suffocating isolation and voyeurism.
For all her wise-cracking, the history of parental neglect, bereavement and social savagery that has brought her low is genuinely affecting.
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 author delicately slides from comedy to tragedy and back again, and from class to class.
For Horace Hopper, the half-breed protagonist of Willy Vlautin’s bleak new novel, essential truths come slowly, and usually too late…