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The Visionist: A Novel

Urquhart layers The Visionist with many startling moments, from the chorus of consoling angels that come to Polly when her father visits her bed at night, to the lengths to which ways her courageous mother goes to protect her.


On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

He has again tried to push his talents in a daring new direction, but this time, the result, sadly, is an unsatisfying and jerry-built fairy tale.


The Way of All Fish: A Novel

For bookworms and mystery fans, “The Way of All Fish” is a goofily offbeat delight.


The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

Rich has a wisdom about male-female interaction that most have to wait far, far longer than 28 years to gain.


Andrew's Brain: A Novel

In the end, “Andrew’s Brain,” like Andrew himself, is merely a pretender — claiming more profundity than it can deliver, offering us something elliptical and vague as a simulacrum of intellectual provocation.


The Trip to Echo Spring

The sorrow in these writers' lives is palpable, but their works are monuments of modern literature. Laing lays bare the tumult their lives and in doing so gives us her own beautifully written book. It is well worth the read.


The Invention of Wings: A Novel

The novel is a textured masterpiece, quietly yet powerfully poking our consciences and our consciousness.


And Sons: A Novel

There is much to admire in & Sons: it is ambitious and often beautiful. If in the end the novel fizzles out, at least it dies a brave and unusual death.


Carthage

Carthage is an immensely proficient novel, with careful and elegant prose, and interesting experiments with form.


The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

He has composed an elegy of genteel anguish, not anger; despite the devastating eras in focus it lacks any kind of political dimension


My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

Personally as well as intellectually, My Age of Anxiety is an immense achievement. He won’t believe it, but with this substantial treatment, Stossel has done justice to himself and his subject.


The Trip to Echo Spring

“The Trip to Echo Spring” is riddled with the first-person singular, more often than not in ways totally irrelevant to the business at hand.


Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

She is not the first to tell Pussy Riot’s story, as there’s no Iron Curtain to keep the West in the dark anymore. But she tells it more thoroughly, her anger at Russia’s “overwhelming mediocrity” scorching every page.


The Scent of Pine: A Novel

This slender but provocative novel advances those concerns, skillfully questioning the notion that age brings wisdom, at least in matters of the heart.


Leaving the Sea: Stories

"Leaving the Sea" is darkly funny, psychologically provocative and playful.


The Trip to Echo Spring

Laing’s book is a reminder of a piece of advice that young writers don’t hear often enough: When choosing idols, avoid those who destroyed themselves.


Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed

The author captures beautifully her anguish at Cairo’s degradation during the years of dictatorship and Mubarak’s calculated sowing of division among the people.


Before I Burn

A compulsively readable novel about identity and the increasingly blurred line between art and reality.


Perfect: A Novel

Perfect is the tragic story of misunderstandings, misplaced hopes, and unrequited dreams, of friendship and love, of expectations versus reality, of guilt and innocence, of responsibility and of consequences.


The Invention of Wings: A Novel

This novel was a triple threat….powerful, poignant, and passionate.