Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
A thoughtful edit might have removed many of the stylistic slippages...there might have been a good, possibly even great, 300-page social novel inside the 500-page tear-jerker we have instead. Let’s hope it will be different next time.
Mr. Irving is unfailingly respectful and broad-minded in exploring these subjects...
Quirky and entertaining tale of greed, treachery, and love.
Not only has Munro made changes, but more importantly, read together, the stories accrete, deepen, and speak to each other.
The novel is — and it’s an odd thing to say about a work of fiction — just too real to be believed.
A puzzling novel that doesn’t reveal its secrets easily... too fanciful to pass as realism yet too inscrutable for parable or fable.
...for those who like their noir with a twist of horror, this novel provides an engaging blend of occult surrealism, nihilism, and startling violence. A lean, mean fantasy novel that’s likely to leave readers dented and bruised.
The unpredictability of Mr. Murakami's inventions is constantly offset by the dullness of his prose.
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.
Touching and harrowing, but above all magical, The Age of Miracles is an impressive debut.
Then a book like Junot Díaz's lands in our laps, and we're reminded of the acrobatic word wizardry that a true master can bring to the simple printed page.
The story of his later life, education, and mission rounds out, but does not improve upon, the alternately suspenseful and whimsical account of Pi’s ordeal at sea—which offers the best reason for reading this otherwise preachy and somewhat redundant story of his Life.
Canada is a survivor’s story. Each sentence is an acceptance of the turns Dell has taken since the day Bev Parsons left the house with his gun
Since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison’s novels have gotten slimmer and slimmer...Home, is her shortest yet, not even cracking 150 pages, but it’s one of her best.
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.
An unfailingly elegant and thoughtful collection of essays from the formidable mind of Franzen, written with passion and haunted by loss.
...“The Art of Fielding” is surprisingly old-fashioned and almost freakishly well behaved.
Comparisons to The Little Prince are appropriate; this is a sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.
Young's characters come into their own and easily shoulder the burden of escorting readers through an unsensationalized and thoughtful story of English class, world war, and that universal constant—love.