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 27, 2013
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
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
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
Perseverance will be rewarded to those who stick with Tsutsui's novel, on which the popular film was based.
April 23, 2013
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
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 20, 2013
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
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
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 15, 2013
What is the 'truth' in fiction? And how important is it? Further, how important is it to trust your narrator? Where should fiction and reality split? Down the middle? Or left of center? Ponder all of these questions and more while reading Jansma's debut novel.
April 13, 2013
Megan Frampton's Hero of My Heart is the story of two heroes, one woman, one man, each taking turns being heroic while the other falls apart.
April 10, 2013
George Saunders' editor, Andy Ward, shares a few important things about the author with Everyday eBook.
April 9, 2013
Hoping to recover what they've lost and what they believe they deserve, Elm and Gabriel become inextricably involved in a scheme that rattles the insular art world in Allison Amend's clever book, A Nearly Perfect Copy.
April 8, 2013
Like most readers who love a good murder mystery, I most often read books by American authors: Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly – the usual suspects. Occasionally, though, a book from a foreign author washes up on our shore like a message in a bottle.