The Terranauts by T. C. Boyle

The Terranauts by T. C. Boyle

  T. C. Boyle’s new novel is all about the plot, with the author is at his acerbic best. You would not be blamed for thinking he has no faith at all in humanity until you get to the end. I can’t tell you about that because it would be the final spoiler of all the...
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

  The fourth in the Hogarth Shakespeare Series turned out to be the best one so far. A retelling of the oft performed and retold The Tempest, this one is laid out like an intricate puzzle and seeing the pieces come together while reading it was pure enjoyment. It...
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet

  Earlier this year, as soon as I heard news of Lydia Millet’s newest novel, I diligently set about reading the last two novels of her recent trilogy (How the Dead Dream, Ghostlights, Magnificence). Even when this author writes a trilogy, it is more like three...

Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss Jr.

  John Cheever was a surrealist but I think the suburbs made him crazy which allowed him to write they way he did. Raymond Carver presented a sculpted world littered with chiseled drunks, sloppy whores, baby killers, lovesick lovers, unwashed truckers, and...

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

  Anne Tyler’s opening line: “Kate Battista was gardening out back when she heard the telephone ring in the kitchen.” My opening line: The third book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series is hilarious! Last December when I took on the project to review each retelling...

The Violet Hour By Katie Roiphe

    Death surrounds me – a massacre of grandparents, fathers and mothers, friends, childhood playmates, aunts, uncles and cousins and pets. They die in car accidents, of heart failure, of cancer, of bad luck and worse luck. This September, they’ll die...

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

  I have been reading Louise Erdrich for over a decade. She has been writing novels for over three decades. She never lets me down. The new novel, set in familiar territory, the remaining Ojibwe lands of North Dakota, is engaged in spanning: generations,...