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,...
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

  What if a war criminal appeared in your town and passed himself off as a poet and holistic healer? What if your town was a small isolated place and the man is handsome in a brooding mysterious way? It could happen that he would be secretly sought after by women...