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Apple Tree Yard

Her writing is piercing and potent, overpowering emotions captured in sharp, pithy phrases.

Apple Tree Yard

Doughty has a particular gift for unsettling stories, for making us ask difficult questions of ourselves, our own relationships and choices, and this is her strongest book yet. It's not a comfortable read, but it is entirely compelling.

The Kept

The Kept is a highly accomplished first novel and a pleasure to read.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

It’s small and specific, drained of history and ethnicity, attendant to the pangs of its social conscience but committed, still, to its fascination with the well-being of those who have already won.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

The pleasures of this novel—its lucidity and wry humor—are mixed with the sting of recognizing the essential unfairness of the sexual mores of our moment:

A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

Not only is Cantor a quirky, imaginative, and smart writer, she’s also managed to be funny without resorting to irony.

Thank You for Your Service

This moving book, for which the author was granted extraordinary and intimate access to soldiers, their families, and the Pentagon, is an important reminder of how challenging this will be.

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

Here is a tough tale told straight, and wonderfully well.

Shovel Ready: A Novel

Shovel Ready succeeds, and if not with triumph, at least with a world weary shrug of the shoulders and a shot of hard liquor on the rocks.

Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka

Forgiving the Angel is on the whole a moving and innovative read. It will be enjoyed by devotees of Kafka’s work, as well as those interested in giving it a closer look.

The Poisoned Island: A Novel

The Poisoned Island is immersive and addictive. The world is so vivid and well-built, it is hard to put down.

On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

Because Lee has been so witty and discerning in his other more realistic novels like Native Speaker and A Gesture Life, this book is a disappointment.

The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three is too realistic for my own personal comfort, but amazingly perfect as a palate cleanser within a dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre that’s getting overcrowded and repetitive.

French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude

You have a work that is less self-help book and more a campaign of nonsense, some elaborate prank.

The Poisoned Island: A Novel

Exotic locales, nautical history, investigative history, Victorian London, the haves versus the have-nots, and a hint of magic all combine to create an explosive story about revenge and the dangers of empire-building.

Stranger in My Own Country

He is a gifted raconteur and aphorist, and if you want to learn about Germany’s perverse, absurd love for its Jews — the flip side, or the bastard child, of its historical anti-Semitism — this book is a fine place to start.

Perfect: A Novel

“Perfect” is the kind of book that blossoms under thoughtful examination, its slow tendencies redeemed by moments of loveliness and insight.

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Rebus is no static character, doomed by his maker into an eternal pattern of solving crime, and watching him interact with other solid characters continues to be a true pleasure.

No One Else Can Have You

No One Else Can Have You is a darkly comedic mystery and a definite not-to-be-missed debut of 2014. Highly, highly, highly and enthusiastically recommended!