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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.


Equilibrium

The Kleins and the characters that revolve around the perimeter of their story are all so vivid and real that I left Equilibrium feeling a bit as though I'd become friends with a new family in the neighborhood.


A Fatal Grace

It isn't hard to believe that a quaint and perfect little town might be hiding so many deep and dark secrets. That's part of what makes the series so deliciously enjoyable!


Dead City

Definitely recommended, especially for younger readers looking for a fun, action-packed read with a strong core of friends at its heart.


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

Weinman’s eclectic sampling pulls together unknown, better known, and well-known writers of the genre. Distinct stylistically, they all delight in unsettling the settled.


A Skeleton in the Family

I had a grand time reading this fresh, original novel peopled (and skeletoned) with enchanting characters and a warm, engaging story.


The Art of Joy

Sapienza gives both a run for their money with her original voice and her wonderful lead, who insists on plowing her own furrow.


The Childhood of Jesus

At Coetzee's oeuvre's heart, for me (though I'm hardly the first to suggest this), resides what feels like a willed coldness. If morally admirable, it's also often a chilly place in which to dwell.


Claire of the Sea Light

Despite the strange blend of the imaginary and supernatural that shapes Claire of the Sea Light, Danticat firmly grounds us in time and place, leaving us floating somewhere between this realm and the next.


Shaman
Publishers Weekly : Shaman (September 03, 2013)

Fans of the author’s smooth prose and intense research will find enough of both, but the book is far outclassed by both Robinson’s earlier works and other prehistory novels.


Triburbia

There is no hero, not much suspense and little plot progression, but the stories are gripping because they are about people with fears and foibles like our own, even if we don’t live in a fashionable neighborhood.


Triburbia

Greenfeld has a gift for satire, but it’s balanced by a sense of sympathy for his faux bohemians, and by the self-­consciousness of most of his characters, who know that they’re types even as they insist on their individuality.


Sea Creatures

A writer just can’t roll into town for a few months and hope to understand the soul of this place. But Daniel, with Sea Creatures, gets it absolutely pitch perfect.


The Sound of Things Falling: A Novel

Vasquez isn’t just writing about Colombia’s violent present; he’s also tapping into the ways in which uncertainty and the unexpected — and the country’s relationship to the United States — have helped shape the Colombian national character.


The Color Master: Stories

This is Bender at her best, using her signature style to reveal (and perhaps overcome) the obstacles that keep us from understanding each other.


Claire of the Sea Light

Danticat’s determination to face both light and dark brings the story to life. But her skill as a writer makes the balancing act a pure pleasure to read.


And Sons: A Novel

Fortunately, the richness and realness of the relationships Gilbert has imagined help to maintain a sort of immune system that’s naturally resistant to plot-manipulating pathogens.