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The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel

This “Narrow Road to the Deep North” is both unforgiving and generous, a paradox that should earn it some fame of its own.


F: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : F (September 01, 2014)

German writer Kehlmann takes us on a strange and enigmatic journey here.


A Wedding in Provence

Predictably but no less engagingly, when Olivia's idyll proves less than idyllic, the details of her unraveling provide a satisfying dose of guilty pleasure.


Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming is full of magic and love and sacrifice that I didn’t want it to end. I am so eager to get lost in Block’s world again and I won’t wait a decade to revisit my secret friend.


Bad Feminist

When she was younger, Gay turned her back on feminism (hence her title). With this book, she has made up ground. Her place in the sisterhood is secure.


Astonish Me: A novel

There is so much drama and heartfelt emotion in the story and I loved every page of it.


The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

For what is ostensibly a private and intimate correspondence, it’s surprising how little of anything emotional, inconvenient, intimate — indeed private — comes across.


The City Under the Skin

Compels the way a good crime novel should: by making you turn the pages at a clip.


Home Leave

Sonnenberg is most interesting when she allows herself flights into the otherworldly.


Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

In “Blue-Eyed Boy,” Timberg’s scarring, though all too real, is nonetheless a better metaphor for the experience of Vietnam veterans than the somewhat contrived construct of his previous book.


Mr. Gwyn

The two intriguingly interconnected novellas that make up “Mr. Gwyn” are beguilingly strange, somewhat reminiscent of Haruki Murakami’s fiction in the way they wander in what’s actually a tightly controlled simulation of aimlessness.


The Birth of Korean Cool

“The Birth of Korean Cool” is an excellent case study of calculated entrepreneurial moxie, and I can’t entirely knock the author’s hustle in vying for broader appeal.


The Invention of Exile: A Novel

“The Invention of Exile” never really inhabits its historical setting as anything more than a costume.


Your Face in Mine: A Novel

Whereas Baldwin skillfully explained the ­minority experience of black rage to a ­majority white readership, Row gamely explains the experience of white guilt to the same audience.


Flings

In terms of being realistic, well written, and effective, however, Justin Taylor most certainly has accomplished that.


Ruby: A Novel

I cannot recommend this book highly enough!


One Plus One: A Novel

One Plus One was a memorable story that was incredibly hard to put down once I got going with it. I have been recommending it to everyone and will continue to do so!


Before, During, After

For all the novel’s lovely description of romance “before,” Bausch is even more insightful when he follows the corrosive effects of anxiety “after.”