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Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories

A versatile, prolific author asserts his pre-eminence in short fiction with an unassuming brilliance that almost makes you think stories will become popular again.

Real Santa
Kirkus Reviews : Real Santa (October 01, 2014)

A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires.

The Lives of Others

This is an immensely accomplished, steady-handed achievement, Victorian in its solidity, quietly enthralling in its insightful observation of the ties that bind.

I'll Give You the Sun

When I got to the end of this book, I felt out of breath. I wasn’t sure if I was broken by what I had read or a little bit more whole….I’m also not sure if I’ll ever come down from the high I got while reading this book.

The Perfect Witness

The Perfect Witness creates an environment that emotionally entangles you as it creates a sense of constant chase.

On Immunity

“On Immunity” casts a spell, however. There’s drama in watching this smart writer feel her way through this material. She’s a poet, an essayist and a class spy.


As the novel stands now, the mental adjustments required by readers to shift back and forth between the two stories is too great for most readers to become fully engaged in either Darcy’s New York City or Lizzie’s Afterworld.

The Emerald Light in the Air

Here he proves one of our most unflinching and poignant and penetratingly insightful. If there is any justice, this collection, too, is destined to become a classic.

Die and Stay Dead
Kirkus Reviews : Die and Stay Dead (September 30, 2014)

A repetitive and unfocused setup for a third novel.

Die and Stay Dead
Kirkus Reviews : Die and Stay Dead (September 30, 2014)

A repetitive and unfocused setup for a third novel.

The Haunting Ballad

Another pleasantly retro puzzler whose colorful cast members seem to have nothing better to do than be suspected of murder.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

“What would Anita Brookner do?” asks one of Mantel’s protagonists. The answer, we’d like to think, is this: She’d read Mantel’s latest, and she’d delight in it.

The Perfect Witness

An enticing hook and compelling storytelling overcome some small flaws.

The Zone of Interest: A novel

The reader is left to wonder, exactly, what it was all about; the “why” is aimed at the novel itself as much as the history it has chosen to resurrect in fiction.

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Stone mattresses make for restless sleep, but in this elegant collection, everyone expresses that restlessness differently.

Kirkus Reviews : Belzhar (September 30, 2014)

An enticing blend of tragedy, poetry, surrealism and redemption.


Though the novel has elements of fantasy and time travel, the real enchantment is the profound self-­discovery that accompanies the act of writing.