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The Black Road: A Novel
Bookreporter : The Black Road (August 15, 2014)

The Black Road...contains enough injury, maiming and death for three novels. Oh, and sex as well. Naturally, I loved every word of it.

Three Bargains: A Novel
Bookreporter : Three Bargains (August 15, 2014)

The book is peopled with strong characters and filled with surprising, often shocking, scenes. It's a novel with ambition and one that Malik shows herself eminently capable of achieving. The confident storytelling and epic scope belie the author's newcomer status.

The Frozen Dead
Bookreporter : The Frozen Dead (August 15, 2014)

Minier’s debut, skillfully translated by Alison Anderson, is atmospheric, creepy and mesmerizing. Slower and steadier than American crime novels typically are, Minier builds tension page after page...

Tom Clancy Support and Defend

The action is nonstop, and Support and Defend contains all the prerequisite political details Clancy fans have come to expect. Kudos to Greaney for keeping the story going while also blazing out his own path.

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Unruly Places is a readable but thoughtful and even provocative work. Bonnett asks readers to think about place and space in new ways.

Back Channel
Bookreporter : Back Channel (August 01, 2014)

Stephen L. Carter portrays the players on this terrifying world stage, both real and fictional, with such absorbing characterizations that if Netflix or HBO doesn’t turn Back Channel into a TV miniseries, they’re missing a good bet.

Stay Up With Me

Acute observation is to be respected; delicate wit is to be enjoyed; craft excellence and technical accomplishment are to be sincerely and deeply admired – but in the end it does not feel like quite enough to me.

Lucky Us: A Novel

Bloom’s style, leavened with wit and wisecracks, trades heavily on charm.

Tigerman: A novel

It's not just good, it's shake-a-granny good. The kind of good that makes you wonder why every book isn't this smart and joyous and beautiful and heartbreaking.

Lucky Us: A Novel

With a deeply ingratiating comic insouciance in her sentences and an ever-expanding notion of what makes a loving family, Eva tells the story of the decade of her education and her flowering into womanhood with an endearing fusion of toughness and tenderness all its own.

Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel

She's a deeply perceptive writer, and her observations about the family's experience as immigrants to America are sharp and sometimes heartbreaking.

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

The book is consistently funny, no matter which character takes a turn at center stage.

The Angel of Losses

Every once in a while a book comes along that reminds us that even though a horror was visited upon a particular people, in a particular place and at particular moment in history, the story told is really about all of us, everywhere and for all time. It takes an extraordinary writer like Stephanie Feldman to bring that story to life.

The Kills

The novel is ambitious, expansive, beautifully written and gripping, with intimations of danger shimmering behind even the simplest gesture.


The result isn't nearly as thrilling as it ought to be.

Dear Committee Members: A novel

Like the best works of farce, academic or otherwise, Dear Committee Members deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage. By the end, you may well find yourself laughing so hard it hurts.

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit isn't a typical ghost story; Joyce's mix of the mundane and the magical here might not tip far enough to the latter for some of his fans.

Your Face in Mine: A Novel

This could have been a good book about Baltimore, or about China, or about Thailand, or about people from those places; instead it's about how hard it is for white people to have it easy.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel

After setting down this eccentric masterwork of a novel, full of deep insight, afflicted love and cosmic passion alongside painful, even horrendous suffering, Flanagan's music still plays on and on in my head.