April 2013

April 30, 2013

You Know This Woman: Claire Messud's Latest, The Woman Upstairs

You know a Woman Upstairs; maybe you are one. As the narrator of Messud’s startling new novel, Nora Eldridge, defines her, she is 'the quiet woman at the end of the third-floor hallway whose trash is always tidy, who smiles rightly in the stairwell with a cheerful greeting, and who, from behind closed doors, never makes a sound.'

April 29, 2013

Get Started on Haruki Murakami with Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance is a prime example of what makes Haruki Murakami such a wonderful and unique author. The story and the writing sparkle, blurring the line between the dream and waking worlds, before obliterating it altogether.

April 28, 2013

Your Latest Fate: Lauren Morrill’s Meant to Be

Morrill's debut novel is a romantic comedy befitting dreamy bookworms with a taste for screwball. Consider this literary confection the equivalent of a Cadbury cream egg – a brightly wrapped sweet treat that tugs at the heartstrings of the Anglophile in all of us.

April 27, 2013

The Intersection of Foreign and Familiar: Taiye Selasi’s Debut, Ghana Must Go

Even before Ghana Must Go was released this March, the publishing industry was abuzz about the prospects for Taiye Selasi’s debut novel. Selasi’s tale, about the complicated dynamics in an immigrant family, covers territory that will be both familiar and completely foreign to many readers.

April 26, 2013

Revisiting the ’75 NBA Winner: Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone

In 1975, Stone won the National Book Award for fiction for Dog Soldiers, a story of drugs, deceit, and Los Angeles set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.

April 25, 2013

Swallowing the World: Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

What are the chances that a book you start reading on assignment without much enthusiasm or desire will be the book that blows your mind? In this case, pretty high.

April 24, 2013

A Literary Living Dream: Yasutaka Tsutsui's Paprika

Perseverance will be rewarded to those who stick with Tsutsui's novel, on which the popular film was based.

April 23, 2013

Step to the Psychological Edge: Paul Cleave’s The Killing Hour

If you read mysteries – and who doesn’t? – you know that there are literally dozens of subgenres. From Sherlock to Stieg Larsson, Matlock to Millhone, each style offers its own approach to detection and its own depiction of human depravity. So, fair notice: Paul Cleave’s The Killing Hour probably won’t appeal to the cats-and-tea-cosies set. Everyone else: Keep reading.

April 22, 2013

Still Hazy After All These Years: Renata Adler’s Speedboat

The episodic narrative is not easy to pull off. But back in the mid-1970s, author Renata Adler managed to make it work -- and following the reissue of her groundbreaking novel, readers have another chance to understand how.

April 21, 2013

An Author's Post-9/11 Inspiration: Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

Although Out of Nowhere deals with broad themes of racism, immigration, and religious tolerance in a post 9-11 world, the story began for me in a more personal place. Namely, with the novel’s narrator, Tom Bouchard.

April 20, 2013

'The Hangover' to the Nth Degree: Dave Barry's Insane City

For the past decade or so, columnist Dave Barry has concentrated on writing fiction, which is the best strategy if you want to write about a police chase down Biscayne Boulevard involving a Cadillac Escalade driven by a frantic groom on his wedding day, sitting next a woman who is neither his bride nor a stripper but keeps getting mistaken for both. And an angry orangutan.

April 19, 2013

The Family Dead: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison's skills are out in full force, in the story of Macon 'Milkman' Dead and the struggles of his family.

April 18, 2013

Husband on the Lam: A Q&A with Gone Author Cathi Hanauer

At first glance, you might think you know what’s going to happen in Gone, a literary page-turner about a middle-aged nutritionist, Eve Adams, and her husband Eric, who drives the hot babysitter home one night and doesn’t return. But novelist Cathi Hanauer avoids cliché and digs deep into the truths behind so many seemingly perfect modern marriages.

April 17, 2013

Why Biologists Never Give Up Hope, by Dan Drollette Jr.

The author of Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam’s ‘Lost World’ stops by Everyday eBook to share a story of a species near-lost – and then found again.

April 16, 2013

A Mother's Memoir of Autism and Potential: Kristine Barnett's The Spark

A moving memoir of a mother who goes beyond traditional treatment to help her autistic son. By focusing on his passions, he achieves amazing things, showing readers that 'the spark' for potential can be found within us all.