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Bark: Stories

Most of the stories in Bark just don’t have the bite of stories like “And You’re Ugly Too” and “Terrific Mother”—timeless, hilarious tales that left us wanting to read “Moore”.


Bark: Stories

No other writer would think of the peeled-off exposure of divorce in terms of "debarking"; no other writer lights on descriptions like "the old-silver-jewelry smell of oncoming rain."


Redeployment

In “Redeployment,” his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay — a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who served in Iraq during the surge — gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war.


The Daring Ladies of Lowell: A Novel

The Daring Ladies of Lowell is really nothing more than a coming-of-age romance disguised as historical fiction.


The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

A little more judicious trimming would have cleared the way for her to more elegantly portray the magic and mystery of the world of wonders she so evidently loved.


Bark: Stories

My possibly cock-eyed view of Bark is that it's a book, or at least half a book, that anyone who loves contemporary fiction should have a go at.


Fortune's Pawn

Fortune’s Pawn was an absolute roller coaster of thrills.


The Roving Party

All the elements of a top-notch historical Australian western are there, but they’re buried beneath so much faux literary bluster.


Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

Relentlessly dreary from beginning to end, Kinder than Solitude presents the world as a dusty repository of heartless, futile hostility. This brittle despair might be right up my alley, but the author, Yiyun Li, offers ornate craft in place of meaning.


The Troop

What you will get is 400 pages of high intensity entertainment meant to be read in a single sitting.


Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

Any reader will discover in this book the importance found in those things that do, in fact, happen when you leave the house.


Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

An impressive combination of mystery, crime story, and social and political history.


A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

Through a complex narrative structure, Harun manages to invest all of her action—slow as it sometimes is—with an aura of myth and folk legend that raises it above the lurid and sensational.


Concealed in Death

More heartfelt than most of Eve’s futuristic adventures (Thankless in Death, 2013, etc.) but less suspenseful, since Eve decides pretty early on, based on little more than a hunch, who the killer is, and she turns out—lo and behold—to be right.


The Red Road: A Novel

In addition to the usual indelible character studies, Mina provides the most compelling plot of Alex’s four cases to date, with a new round of revelations that makes the Glasgow cops the most corrupt since Philip Marlowe looked under all those rocks in Bay City, Calif.


The Roving Party
Kirkus Reviews : The Roving Party (February 26, 2014)

For neither the faint of heart nor those who prefer strong plots, Wilson’s work will nonetheless gratify fans of more bleak and rugged times.


Honor's Knight
Kirkus Reviews : Honor's Knight (February 26, 2014)

Fun, with phasers on lethal.


The Amazing Harvey

Harvey is no great shakes as a detective, but he makes an irresistible deer in the headlights: part wiseacre, part sad-sack, all nebbish.


The Fall of Saints: A Novel

By the end, readers will be too befuddled to care.


MFA vs NYC
Kirkus Reviews : MFA vs NYC (February 25, 2014)

Essential insights, masterfully assembled, on the precarious state of American publishing.