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Slade House: A Novel

Mitchell is as compulsive as ever, and even if you end up flinging his latest at the wall, you will have a good time first. Just don’t expect it to make any sense.

Dear Mr. You

The book is written in a smart, beguiling voice that is inextricably entwined with qualities that Ms. Parker radiates as an actress. There’s as much flintiness as reckless charm.


“Everland” unfolds two suspenseful dramas that confront profound themes.


Such scenes sparkle with period details and sensory impressions: all spectacle and shimmer, all gesture and pose, Baroque mask and mirror and role-play. Gardiner does this very well.

Numero Zero

It’s hard not to be charmed by the zest of the author.


Even as the journeys of the author and his protagonist merge, Mr. Barry and Lennon remain stubbornly distinct. But perhaps what ultimately makes this a great novel is its author’s exploration of the ways that sometimes, in art, we do get to become each other — kind of.

Not on Fire, but Burning: A Novel

Full of ambiguity, yet precise in its construction, “Not on Fire, But Burning” is a shining example of post-9/11, pre-next-disaster storytelling.

The Mare: A Novel

In “The Mare,” Gaitskill engages, sometimes alarmingly, in multiple ambivalent, self-conscious acts of appropriation, apparently drawing on many of the family dynamics she described in the essay.


“Beatlebone’s” peripatetic wanderings, its occasional departure from prose into play script, and its embrace of neologisms — including one from the seal, who talks about “deathhauntedness” — feel more than a little Joycean.

The Story of My Teeth

“The Story of My Teeth” isn’t a sad story at all. At less than 200 pages, this charmingly slippery slip of a book, packed with fantastical allusions, reminds us that the world’s great stories can be ours for a very reasonable price.

Hotels of North America

“Hotels of North America” is a close examination of the middle-aged American male in sexual, emotional and financial free fall.

The Mare: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : The Mare (November 09, 2015)

Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback ride on a powerful thoroughbred.

The Japanese Lover: A Novel

With her engaging new novel, “The Japanese Lover,” Allende brings us a tale at once global and rooted deeply in Bay Area history, sweeping through time and across continents to explore the inner lives of two very different women in contemporary California.

Avenue of Mysteries

Irving is so intent on making both worlds — past and present — equally beguiling, he doesn’t fully succeed at doing either.

The Mark and the Void

Murray doesn’t quite pull it off — but his heart is in the right place.


Beatlebone is a rule-breaking novel, a strange and fascinating look at the mystery of creative inspiration, “about going to the dark places and using what you find there”. It deserves its place on this year’s Goldsmiths Prize shortlist — for “fiction at its most novel” — and could make a worthy winner.

Dear Mr. You

Dear Ms. Parker, Thank you for this dazzling collection.

After the Parade: A Novel

“After the Parade” is a moving testament to those adults who contend with the damaging legacy of shame, and the nonconforming children who live in hostile families, trying to stay afloat and save their own lives.

Avenue of Mysteries

More often this novel is so life-affirming you want to hurl yourself into bus traffic. The things that for a while were magical in Mr. Irving’s writing long ago came to seem, instead, like tricks. From the reader’s perspective, this is magic ordealism.