Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
Rowling too is casually cruel to her characters, giving them problems they can't surmount and then turning their lives from bad to worse, like John Irving in overdrive. Is this a failure of the imagination? Maybe. Rowling clearly knows how to create a universe that's compelling, consuming even, but Pagford is no such place.
“In One Person” gives a lot. It’s funny, as you would expect. It’s risky in what it exposes.
Any reservations the reader might have about another book about Hollywood, about selling one’s soul...will probably be swept aside by this high-wire feat of bravura storytelling.
To open an Alice Munro collection is to anticipate what awaits. If you love Munro’s work — and I do — you already know and crave what you’ll find in Dear Life: an atmosphere that she alone can create, that is too complex and layered to be easily distilled...
I find the book enjoyably readable but very imbalanced, a feast of words that borders on self-indulgence.
A puzzling novel that doesn’t reveal its secrets easily... too fanciful to pass as realism yet too inscrutable for parable or fable.
It's vivid and violent, with some pyrotechnic turns of phrase, if occasionally rough round the edges.
...loving specificity and, quite often, touching gestures of tenderness, are what I think of as top-shelf Murakami. I just hope that readers are willing to stick with 1Q84 long enough to reach up and enjoy them.
Can a baseball book not leave you with the smell of mustard in your noggin' and brick dust under your nails? This one does. Grisham would've done well to study a little Red Smith or Roger Kahn as a pre-writing warmup drill.
The Age of Miracles is a pensive page-turner that meditates on loss and the fragility of both our planetary and personal ecosystems.
Every word in This Is How You Lose Her feels like it was earned with blood, sweat, and tears—and yet it still admirably measures up to Díaz’s previous work.
A fabulous romp through an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement—"a story that will make you believe in God," as one character says.
There is a sure-footed, plain-spoken quality to Ford’s language that is pitch perfect for the tale being told, as well as for creating the atmosphere of the landscape, both physical and emotional, with which Dell must come to terms.
Part of Morrison’s longstanding greatness resides in her ability to animate specific stories about the black experience and simultaneously speak to all experience.
It is a brave and subtly disturbing affirmation of faith, and it is all the more remarkable for its engagement with the deepest questions, the most painful mysteries of our lives.
Franzen once wrote that “the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.” But it’s too far easy to find comfort in your own solitude. Farther Away is one of the most internal and impoverished books I’ve ever read.
And I feel that though much of The Art of Fielding is laid out in no-nonsense but still very evocative prose, beautiful language is woven in throughout...
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.
Young's descriptions are clear and technical, and the atmosphere of the hospital is palpable, frightening, inspiring and painful.