The first half of the book, though, relies heavily on quotes from Burns's letters, often strung together with little transition or narrative logic.
Abbott’s writing is at its best describing the throes of adolescence.
...a prolonged and unsentimental backward glance...
The Canadian writer Sheila Heti brings a...mix of artistic ambition, generational self-awareness and humorous deflation to her novel "How Should a Person Be?"
The Fan Who Knew Too Much is a fine collection, but it's chiefly notable for one essay..."The Children and Their Secret Closet,"...
While many readers will admire her enthusiasm, a pronouncement of ultimate victory seems premature at best.
The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.
This cri de coeur, which appears in a letter to her estranged daughter and grandchildren, suggests that Bornstein has made real sacrifices to follow her own advice, and can therefore dispense it with integrity.
. . .the timing couldn't be better for this enjoyable and well-sourced book, which — like Hockney's own work — is both conversational and perceptive.
At no point in the book does Lynch say anything negative about a single person...
Armistead Maupin's love letter to gay San Francisco.
From the first page, readers are drawn into the stories, and despite the complexity of plot lines, we read quickly, driven to discover what will happen next.
The writing is not a standout. There are no passages that are memorable for creative beauty.
This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.
If the narrative moves at a deliberately slow pace, it's rich with the rewarding contrast between the precise mechanics of magic tricks and the real possibility of magic in daily life.