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A Sudden Light: A Novel

It is certain to keep you well entertained. Garth Stein is a master storyteller! Excellently written! True enjoyment!

The Laughing Monsters

Johnson’s novel illustrates the danger of trying to write a thriller in the morally ambiguous, complex, post-Cold War world. It simply isn’t enough to have a white man running around some exotic backdrop, with a lot of technical spy jargon thrown in.

Juliet's Nurse: A Novel

A lovely re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s original characters.

Rush of Shadows

It is a historically accurate fictionalization of America’s frontier and fascinating history. Beautiful indeed!

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

Bohjalian gives us one of the most authentic and distinctive voices since Emma Donoghue’s Jack, the unforgettable 5-year-old boy who dazzled readers and critics alike in the remarkable 2011 novel “Room.”

The Heart Has Its Reasons: A Novel

“The Heart Has Its Reasons” is undermined by clunky sentences, cliches and schmaltzy explanation

Rainey Royal

Rainey Royal can seep into your skin like that girl you used to know—the girl who mastered seduction before she understood what it meant or how to control it, the girl who could tear us apart with her teeth and we’d still carry her books to class.

Some Luck: A novel

Some Luck is the first installment of what Smiley promises will be a trilogy. Yes. Bravo. Encore. I will wait — patiently, of course, if I’ve learned anything from these abiding farm folk.

All My Puny Sorrows

Realistic and deeply sad, the ending captures scenes of recovery and endurance with striking fidelity.

There Must Be Some Mistake

“There Must Be Some Mistake” often reads like an amusing existential satire of the detective novel, one in which the crimes and misunderstandings escalate without resolution and the convenient Agatha Christie-like “summing up” never arrives in time to deliver the culprits to the cops.

J: A Novel

“J” is not a joyful book, by any means, but its insistent vitality offers something more than horror: a vision of the world in which even the unsayable can, almost, be explained.

How to be both: A novel

It is a synthesis of questions long contemplated by an extraordinarily thoughtful author, who succeeds quite well in implanting those questions into well-drawn, memorable people.

All My Puny Sorrows

This is a curious observation to come out of a book with such a vibrant joie de vivre, but Toews' great strength lies in her ability to see both sides of this argument and portray them with equal empathy.

How to be both: A novel

“How to Be Both” indeed works both ways, demonstrating not only the power of art itself but also the mastery of Smith’s prose.

Butterflies in November

Thoughtful and fun, if somewhat baffling; a novel of surprising tension and tenderness.

How to be both: A novel

To say that there's more than meets the eye in this terrific book is a gross understatement; it encompasses wonderful mothers, unconventional love and friendship, time, mortality, gender, the consolations of art and so much else.

F: A Novel

This is certainly not a book for the general reader, but for those who like to be challenged in their reading, there is plenty to think about in “F” and the more adventurous book-groups would have a wonderful time discussing what it is all about.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

An exhausting read and after a while you just start thinking of all the things you could be doing instead.

How to Build a Girl

Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that “How to Build a Girl” transcends any age restrictions.

Ugly Girls

Hunter’s language is conversational and spare, dressed up by the occasional metaphor—a style that suits her novel about teenagers.