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The Story of the Lost Child

A portrait of the dynamic of a friendship has mutated into a weightier, more uncanny exploration of the antipathy of love, of our compulsion to create one another, over and over again.


Purity

Purity is a beast of a book. If you’re already a Franzen fan, then you won’t be let down. If you aren’t, this is your opportunity to give his writing a second (or perhaps first) chance.


Purity

This novel isn’t The Corrections, but its controlled plot, ambitious narrative, and insightful comments on investigative journalism and modern disconnect deliver on the hype.


Purity

The shame of this novel is that purity is largely found not in the storytelling but in the author's passive aggressive contempt for nearly all his characters.


Purity

I think, at bottom, Purity is really about Franzen's aesthetic desire to spin out lots and lots of stories, to experiment with his craft — which is a fine endeavor, but leaves the reader feeling simultaneously overwhelmed, yet curiously empty by the end of this long, packed novel.


Heroic Measures: A Novel

Heroic Measures is a novel of twenty-first century anxiety and timeless fear; of trying to find meaning and moral certainty in the chaos; of the ever-increasing tension between comfort and desire as our years pass; of how we soothe ourselves and our loved ones during moments of pain and in times of distress.


You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

Kleeman gives us a first-class novel about the body and how it is perceived and food and how we are manipulated into choosing it and eating it, which makes for a first-class debut for Kleeman.


Did You Ever Have A Family

Maybe his regrets, his choices and mistakes, were all necessary steppingstones to get to his present life as a recovered addict with a successful career who has two books of nonfiction under his belt and, now, this thoughtful novel.


The Ambassador's Wife: A Novel

I loved how the novel switch between past and present, the story flowed seamlessly and progressed with enough momentum to keep things exciting but yet slow enough to savor each piece of the story we got.


Decompression

Over all this was a satisfying read that was different from books that I would normally review. I liked it, I didn’t LOVE it but I enjoyed the mystery and thought the author spun an intriguing and different narrative.


Purity

If I’d been told Purity was a first novel by an unknown writer – male or female – I suspect I’d be dazzled by its rich scenes and crackling dialogue, its delicious observations about contemporary life, the breathtaking scope of its ambition. The person who wrote this, I’d think, has an amazing future.


The Crossing

Miller delivers instead a finale perhaps more original than it is satisfying, but one that guarantees that Maud, and questions about Maud, will linger in your mind long after you close this remarkable novel.


Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel

The “Ten Thousand Things” of the title refer to the inexhaustible life outside the self and the family: the temptations of the world, the source of Jack’s art and the arena of the characters’ struggle for self-realisation.


Purity

A book worth reading but certainly not the Great American Novel.


Flood of Fire

Ghosh has so much passion for his subject, so much care for his characters and such a command of his prose that readers will find it easy to surrender to the story.