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The Locals: A Novel
Bookreporter : The Locals (August 12, 2017)

An acute examination of life in a small New England town in roughly the decade after 9/11, it’s social realism or fictional sociology of the highest order.


The Locals: A Novel

From the murky perspective of here and now – summer 2017 – it seems clear that the so-called greatest nation needs to keep a close eye on itself in the mirror while considering its legacies, values and truths. Dee does precisely that. He deserves to be read.


Living the Dream

Debut novelist Berry creates relatable characters who can laugh at themselves even when they fall down hard, but the gist of the book can be summed up when one of them approaches a problem by “produc[ing] a piece of writing about it and put[ting] it all behind her.”


Made for Love

Whether it's Nutting's swift, biting humor or wildly funny scenes like the one involving a drunken Hazel's awkwardly intimate encounter with Diane, she demonstrates a mastery of comic timing and an ability to pump unflagging energy into her plot.


Autopsy of a Father

The novel haunts on all levels, both in the reader’s desire for a hint of hope, and in the author’s refusal to console. Once read, this story is not forgotten.


Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel

Perrotta admirers will admire much of Mrs. Fletcher, though they may mourn the better version that’s visible in the margins.


Vengeance Is Mine, All  Others Pay Cash

Tedious, and unpleasantly so.


The City Always Wins

The City Always Wins is a tale of defeat and dashed dreams and of hope’s persistence told in a poetic prose. The style is at once pared down and highly expressive.


Behold the Dreamers: A Novel

Mbue’s prose is mostly straightforward and unadorned but her characters are complex, with contradictory motivations, which provide the story with depth and quiet power.


Goodbye, Vitamin

“Goodbye, Vitamin” never minimizes the difficulty of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. But it also shows how this care can be rewarding.


Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel

In the end, the author leaves the reader with many questions about contemporary parenting: What is real fear? And what is manufactured fear? How do we measure our own pain against the others? Can we truly understand other people’s suffering and grief? Meloy doesn’t neatly answer all of these questions by the conclusion of her suspenseful novel, but she certainly leaves the reader a lot to think about.


The Accomplished Guest: Stories

The women of “The Accomplished Guest” may be felled by inertia, whether self-imposed or a hazard of aging, but its men are losing control.


Florence in Ecstasy

The novel’s pleasures arise from the jostling together of elements that vitalize and dimensionalize its story: the beauty and rhythms of the fabled city, its locals and visitors, seasons, festivals, food and drink, surrounding countryside and townships, art and architecture, and, never least, the music of the Italian language (a sprightly character unto itself, easily understood because of the deft way Chaffee sets it in context).


Border Child: A Novel

I defy anyone reading “Border Child” to feel anything but compassion for these people who crossed the border only because they wanted a better life for their family, and lost so much as a result of that hope.


Less: A Novel

Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he’s just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more.


The Last Laugh

Clearly, Freed had a blast zipping through the adventures of these spirited, droll women. She excels at their frank, snappy repartee. And she surprises readers to the end, with an epilogue launching the four friends on new escapades in their 70s.


Tell Me How This Ends Well: A Novel

For all the narrative pranks and pratfalls, the book is a moving account of the rich complexities of maternal love and the bewildering ecstasies of sibling rivalry.


Rich People Problems: A Novel

Rich People Problems, the final act of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, is one of this summer's best breezy beach reads, an audacious satire that lifts the curtain on the jet-set 1 per cent of Southeast Asian multibillionaires.


The Last Laugh

Freed’s candor works to lift the veil off the misperception that life after 60 consists mostly of conversations about sciatica or ceaseless and slightly abject devotion to a tiny, shivery dog.