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The Catherine Wheel: Text Classics

Rich and rewarding.


Rosenkrantz captures the psychodrama of all-consuming friendship with an honesty that qualifies as its own kind of boldness.

All This Life: A Novel

Rendered with a colorful intricacy and subversive spirit, “All This Life” shows us San Francisco as it vanishes under the spell of social media. Mohr is a perceptive chronicler of how we live, feel — and avoid feeling — this very minute.

The Subprimes

In the end, the book’s wickedly satirical tone morphs, becoming melancholic with hope, and almost poetic, which means that “The Subprimes” doesn’t just amuse — it haunts.

Bookreporter : Speak (July 10, 2015)

At once a thoughtful meditation on the human condition and a chilling vision of a possible future, SPEAK is a dark, smart, complicated and challenging novel with an inventive and sometimes disconcerting style.

Bull Mountain

Panowich’s care in crafting the Burrough’s world left me feeling like I knew them, and it all builds to an ugly, hard-hitting, and satisfying end rendering it a fun and interesting read well worth your time.

Haints Stay

While the novel flouts most of the conventions of the traditional horse opera, the rewards of "Haints Stay" belong to the reader.

Book of Numbers: A Novel
Slate : The Original Online (July 06, 2015)

There’s something about literature that is freedom, that is choice, however intellectual and seemingly inhuman it’s made. This is something we should remember every day of our lives, as readers—though heaven forbid we should have to get through novels like this one to be so reminded.

Let Me Explain You: A Novel

Let Me Explain You, stuffed with sadly predictable beats and eerie, riddling sentences, as thematically familiar as it is tonally tricky and unique, is, well, hard to explain you.

The Invaders
Slate : Petty Brutality (July 10, 2015)

Waclawiak’s novel has been likened to John Cheever’s “The Swimmer,” but The Invaders’ surrealism is far more subtle. It’s a more nuanced meditation on class than it initially seems.

Book of Numbers: A Novel

Ultimately, it is hard not to feel that the final product is less than the sum of its multilayered parts, and that this is little more than a retread of the works of Williams Gibson and Self. Still, for chutzpah alone, Cohen’s chaotic fantasia certainly impresses.

You Don't Have to Live Like This

Markovits’s seventh work of fiction is a considered examination of tense race relations, warning us that communities are delicate ecosystems that shouldn’t be tampered with, even by those with the best of intentions.

Blood Brothers

In part it’s this raw honesty, along with Michael Hofmann’s masterly translation, which makes the book so contemporary and vital.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is a beautifully rendered book, and yes it does still feel relevant - its discussions of racism and the attributes ascribed to certain people because of their ethnicity are discussions we're still having today.


The novel feels effortlessly assembled. Its pacing is precise, its characterization vivid, its prose clear and unfussy.

China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel

Kwan speaks of this culture with the authoritative tone of an insider, and the best passages are his footnotes with anthropological analysis detailing the habits of various subspecies of “crazy rich Asians.”


If you’re looking for a sustained, intensely meaningful performance, the novel may disappoint. But if you’re down for a fling — complete with titillating premises and foregone conclusions — then dive in. It’s summertime, after all.

I Saw a Man: A Novel

It is a measure of Mr. Sheers’s artfulness and exquisite narrative control that even though he withholds for half of the novel the solution to the mystery posed in the first paragraph, he never loses us.

A Master Plan for Rescue: A Novel

“A Master Plan for Rescue” balances beautifully on the thin line between wishful thinking and reason, between the imagination and the intellect.

You Don't Have to Live Like This

You Don’t Have to Live Like This comes at the perfect time, extracting white attitudes about race and justice, and ever so gently forcing us to think about them, even when, like Marny, we’d prefer just to watch.