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Transit

Transit steers with stylishness and grace between the low-lying truths and the significant dramas we compose for ourselves out of the accidents which befall us.


The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War

These stories provide plenty of revelation on the nature of the war and the soldiers who continue to fight it.


The Moravian Night

A sad story—perhaps, but one in which fantasy and history dance nimbly. Stellar.


History of Wolves: A Novel

History of Wolves isn't a typical thriller any more than it's a typical coming-of-age novel; Fridlund does a remarkable job transcending genres without sacrificing the suspense that builds steadily in the book.


Selection Day: A Novel

Selection Day, a slower, sadder, and ultimately more moving novel, is a tragedy of never testing the door.


I Was Trying to Describe What it Feels Like: New and Selected Stories

I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like is a strong collection, and Holland's writing is by turns hallucinatory, bizarre, and maddening in the best possible way.


Fever Dream: A Novel

This is the power of the short novel: Stripped down to its essentials, her story all but glows. Which makes sense, after all. It's toxic.


The Nix: A novel

There is no denying the inventive wit and energy on display; but a writer needs to take an occasional step back to consider the reader, who may have a life of their own to be getting on with.


Moonglow

This is a novel that, despite its chronological lurches, feels entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best.


Homegoing: A novel

Slavery is a source of our confusion and discomfort, regardless of which side of the colour divide we descend from. So here is a book to help us remember. It is well worth its weight.


The Fall Guy: A Novel

Nothing is straightforward in this slick, Highsmithian thriller, and while the damaged Matthew’s capacity for self-deception is flagged early, Lasdun’s skill lies not least in letting us think that we might therefore have his number.


The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel

The characters in “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth,” Lindsey Lee Johnson’s alarming, compelling and coolly funny debut novel about the goings-on in and out of a high school in Marin County, Calif., spend most of their time spectacularly failing to see beneath one another’s surfaces.


The Kaiser's Last Kiss: A Novel

History is a tease and a provocation to good storytelling and mythmaking, and “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” with both its historicities and its inventions, celebrates that fact.


The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel

Impossibly funny and achingly sad, Johnson’s novel makes you remember every humiliation you ever suffered while in school, and every terrifyingly bad decision you ever made.


Selection Day: A Novel

Selection Day is not a novel you read to find consolation from the melancholy realities of the world’s injustices, but to know them, and feel Manju’s scorn.


Slade House: A Novel

Mitchell is a good writer and he tells a compelling tale.


Judas

Like A Tale of Love and Darkness, this powerful work ends by pointing the individual to a life of hope, ironically away from books and academia.


Fear Is the Rider

Overall, it’s yet another “unearthed” work from a major writer that should have remained buried.