Fiction

rodham

The sorrows of young Hillary

May 20, 2020 11:09 pm

Rodham: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld reviewed

stacey abrams

The Stacey Abrams presidency

May 19, 2020 12:26 pm

In her latest fiction, Selena Montgomery is a viable VP pick

marina lewycka

Marina Lewycka’s novel is completely bonkers

February 27, 2020 12:45 pm

The Good, the Bad and the Little Bit Stupid by Marina Lewycka reviewed

Low, by Jeet Thayil, reviewed

The wanderings of Ullis

January 23, 2020 2:06 pm

Low by Jeet Thayil reviewed

kolyma

Varlam Shalamov’s Kolyma Tales are among the most harrowing in all literature

January 16, 2020 2:10 pm

Sketches of the Criminal World: Further Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shalamov reviewed

evaristo

Bernadine Evaristo shoulders weighty themes lightly

December 19, 2019 8:21 am

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo reviewed

dave eggers

Dave Eggers’s satire on Trump is somewhat heavy-handed

December 12, 2019 12:06 pm

The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers reviewed

markovits

Tame family dramas

December 12, 2019 11:15 am

Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits reviewed

olive

Less radical, less rich: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again is a disappointment

November 14, 2019 11:18 am

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout reviewed

oligarchy

Dieting to death: a black comedy of boarding school life

November 7, 2019 1:05 pm

Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas reviewed

starve acre

Our appetite for ‘folk horror’ appears to be insatiable

October 24, 2019 4:36 pm

Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley reviewed

As Lyra grows up, Philip Pullman’s materials grow darker

October 4, 2019 8:22 pm

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman reviewed

ian mcewan

Ian McEwan’s anti-Brexit satire is a damp squib

October 4, 2019 8:10 pm

The Cockroach by Ian McEwan reviewed

ann patchett

Ann Patchett’s new novel is even better on second reading

October 4, 2019 4:22 pm

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett reviewed

inland

A novel take on the Western

August 15, 2019 12:55 pm

Inland by Téa Obreht reviewed

sweet sorrow

Star-crossed lovers

July 11, 2019 4:40 pm

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls reviewed

10 minutes

Washed up in Istanbul

July 11, 2019 4:21 pm

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak reviewed

red dog

Savagery in the Cape Colony

July 4, 2019 12:06 pm

Red Dog by Willem Anker reviewed

city of girls elizabeth gilbert

An education in love

June 20, 2019 12:09 pm

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert reviewed

shadowplay

Nights at the Lyceum

June 6, 2019 4:15 pm

Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor reviewed

white bret easton ellis

Gen Xers v. Millennials

May 20, 2019 7:43 am

White by Bret Easton Ellis reviewed

cari mora

Gothic extremes of human cruelty

May 16, 2019 3:23 pm

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris reviewed

fantasy fiction

Writers blocked: Even fantasy fiction is now offensive

May 16, 2019 7:09 am

Persecution is endemic in the vicious world of Young Adult publishing

Is there no end to the retelling of classical myths?

May 9, 2019 4:09 pm

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes reviewed

plume

Who needs psychogeography?

May 9, 2019 3:35 pm

Plume by Will Wiles reviewed