There is a lot of urgent, important, exciting and complex literature coming out of the subcontinent right now. Recently there have been brilliant books by Kamila Shamsie, Karan Mahajan, Sujatha Gidla, Deepti Kapoor and Neel Mukherjee, to name just a few. “Girls Burn Brighter,” unfortunately, is not one of them.

NY Times

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Reviewed on May 26 2018

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Whatever your jam is — mind-bending logic, beautiful, lyrical writing, or a deep dive into contemporary life — there is something brilliant here for everyone.

NPR

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Reviewed on May 12 2018

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For me, “Tin Man” works better as a sort of universalized fable of love and loss, and not as a story sprung from realistic psychology and fully examined individuals.

Star Tribune

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Reviewed on May 11 2018

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In short, 8-year-old, third-person present tense is a difficult point of view to pull off in a sentimental novel about a family’s dissolution, though Summerfield mostly nails it. “Every Other Weekend” manages to be both funny and fierce as it reminds the reader, through Nenny’s charming narration, that children are always paying attention.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 11 2018

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Free Woman is worth reading as a piece of complicated thought, and one that's funny and sexy and frank, to boot. And if you haven't read The Golden Notebook, don't worry. I promise, you'll go buy a copy the moment you're done.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 10 2018

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It’s an excellent book, even if it’s not likely to appeal to readers with congenital optimistic streaks...

Star Tribune

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Reviewed on May 10 2018

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Kopf frequently juxtaposes science with the metaphysical, or with quotidian banality. Set against the growing body of “facts” and “documents” that preoccupy the narrator, the status of the personal material is less certain...

Guardian

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Reviewed on May 09 2018

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Those omissions are in themselves telling, since they reflect a deeper challenge...what look like necessary compromises at the negotiating table become ripe targets for political attack when diplomats come home and present uncertain promises and half-measures to a public that prefers silver bullets and sweeping principles.

NY Times

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Reviewed on May 09 2018

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Sittenfeld is fascinated by our fascination – and our unease – with women: powerful women, powerless women, women we are attracted to and repulsed by, women who push themselves to the centre of the stage and women who erase themselves from the story.

Guardian

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Reviewed on May 20 2018

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...even five years ago, you would have been hard pressed to get many, if not most, women in the public eye to call themselves feminists. Nevertheless, this is a great and worthy project: a primer for those for whom these names are new...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 08 2018

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I had enjoyed many of the essays in this collection in the journals in which they first appeared but was struck, on rereading, not only by Moore’s intelligence and wit, and by the syntactical and verbal satisfactions of her prose, but by the fundamental generosity of her critical spirit.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 02 2018

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Given the nature of the family, the story is often so dour that sometimes only the historical minutiae keep you going. (If you ever wanted to know more about the fascinating probate-inventory process of 18th-century France, you're in luck.)

NPR

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Reviewed on May 06 2018

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He writes easily, vividly and brilliantly: – he is as at ease with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as he is with Boltzmann’s constant – closes the work with a contemplation of time’s milestone: mortality.

Guardian

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Reviewed on May 05 2018

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...I as a reader see myself in her: the member of the audience who is unmoved, who wants more...The quiet beauty of this book lies in its ordinary, enigmatic human feats of interpersonal connection.

NY Times

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Reviewed on May 24 2018

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Chasing Hillary is light on many of these issues. The book is not about them. It concerns the relationship between a candidate and her campaign reporters, between politics and media in the US. And the portrait Chozick paints is a depressing one.

Guardian

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Reviewed on May 12 2018

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The reader may never get to the end of some of the stories here. Depending on your viewpoint, that may make Pure Hollywood an exercise in frustration, or one of the best value books ever published.

Guardian

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Reviewed on May 11 2018

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...as if Edemariam were channeling her grandmother’s spirit, is in a sense the older woman’s narrative gambit from beyond the grave. Her story is certainly cracked open in the telling, so assured and so transcendent, it could win Chaucerian contests.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 10 2018

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There is nothing new under the fantasy sun, of course, and The Lifters is a familiar kind of tale for eight to 12-year-olds, one where a family’s unhappiness is reflected in a dark power that threatens to destroy everything. Yet there is a distinctly original feel to the way it’s told that sets it above many other examples of the genre.

Guardian

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Reviewed on May 10 2018

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“Gunflint Burning” is unexpectedly compelling, given that it’s mostly a dispassionate account of logistics. The text is full of acronyms. An incident commander is an IC; an operations section chief is an OSC. It’s wonky, but also a credible way to tell the story.

Star Tribune

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Reviewed on May 09 2018

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But ultimately, who done it is not the point, despite the elevator pitch. This is a fun, fast read that really takes me back to my own teenage experience, and I think it will resonate with readers who dabble in any sort of arts, dark or otherwise.

NPR

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Reviewed on May 09 2018

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...we might equally well feel that characters have been flattened by our simply not knowing enough about them, and that our interest in their doings is diminished by the same means.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jun 16 2018

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Is any of this real? At the risk of spoiling its suspense, I will tell you that this book does not propose a definite answer to its title question. You weren’t counting on one, were you? The story is far from finished.

NY Times

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Reviewed on May 08 2018

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But Kushner’s prose fizzes as dangerously as the electric fence around Stanville, her observations spiky as barbed wire, her humour desert-sky dark. This may not be an enjoyable novel, but it marks you like a tattoo.

Guardian

Rating Excellent

Reviewed on Jun 20 2018

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Existential eclipses aside, in this highly engaging novel, McLain finds an uncomfortable answer to the dichotomy in her title: Leaving behind the ruin of love is better than contorting yourself to fit inside it, and never more so than if you are a woman.

NY Times

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Reviewed on May 07 2018

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Bristling with the urgency of lived experience, this is a short and beautifully written (translated by Deborah Dawkin) account of love’s autoimmunity. Whether or not it’s based on reality, it’s grounded in deep emotional truth.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 06 2018

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But the value of Kominsky-Crumb's style is precisely that it confounds the expectations of highbrow critics. Love That Bunch may be comprehensive, but it would have been more fun if it had felt less significant.

NPR

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Reviewed on May 05 2018

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