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This is the grand accomplishment of "Someone," a deceptively simple book that is, in fact, extraordinarily artful, a novel that traces the arc of an unexceptional, almost anonymous life and, seemingly by accident though of course on purpose, turns a run-of-the-mill story into a poem.

Fallen Land: A Novel

But the real excitement of “Fallen Land” is not stylistic. Instead, it is the sustained fury that Flanery brings to his depiction of contemporary America.

Bleeding Edge

Full of verbal sass and pizzazz, as well as conspiracies within conspiracies, “Bleeding Edge” is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best.

Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense

Talent will out, and it’s good that today the playing field is finally level.


This finale to Atwood’s ingenious trilogy lights a fire from the fears of our age, then douses it with hope for the planet’s survival. But that survival may not include us.

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

“Lawrence in Arabia” is a fascinating book, the best work of military history in recent memory and an illuminating analysis of issues that still loom large today.

Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

“Thinking in Numbers” is an interesting collection of ideas, and worth reading if only for the suspenseful description of an extraordinary man in a room, conveying to a rapt audience his pure love of one very special string of digits as it stretches to infinity and beyond.

Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel

“Traveling Sprinkler,” like the ingenious lawn product that makes up its title, strews glistening droplets in an even spritz. Mr. Baker’s language is funny and frisky, canny and keen. His sentences have more pixel density than those of any living novelist; he transmits on a Retina display.

Bleeding Edge

The result, disappointingly, is a scattershot work that is, by turns, entertaining and wearisome, energetic and hokey, delightfully evocative and cheaply sensational; dead-on in its conjuring of zeitgeist-y atmospherics, but often slow-footed and ham-handed in its orchestration of social details.

Dissident Gardens: A Novel

He has couched this as a family story and written it so that someone’s hot breath is always in the reader’s face.

Bleeding Edge

Although Pynchon is unparalleled at creating complexity, this book, by putting 9/11 in its sights, has something universally known and obvious shining at its heart.

Burial Rites: A Novel

Burial Rites is a debut of rare sophistication and beauty – a simple but moving story, meticulously researched and hauntingly told.

Dissident Gardens: A Novel
Miami Herald : Polarizing politics (September 07, 2013)

Lethem has pulled off an unpredictable feat that should not be ignored. With each succeeding book, he comes closer to rivaling Philip Roth in stature.

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul cannot be put down even as it darts through almost impenetrable jungles of politics, theology and deviant sexuality.

Dissident Gardens: A Novel

As Lethem writes of Miriam, "Dissident Gardens" is a "hilarious and companionable" novel. It's also erudite, beautifully written, wise, compassionate, heartbreaking and pretty much devoid of nostalgia.

The Childhood of Jesus

"The Childhood of Jesus" is compelling — eerie, tautly written — it ultimately falls prey to the emptiness it describes.

Burial Rites: A Novel

Burial Rites is one of the strongest and most moving novels I have read in years, simultaneously devastating and uplifting. My highest praise goes to any book which makes me feel profound emotion – not just at the time but every time I remember it.

Bait: A Novel

The driving force here for me was in seeing why these people were chosen for this feat, what motivated the captors, and how/if any of the characters would survive.