If a book’s success can be measured by its ability to move readers and the number of memorable characters it has, Story Prize–winner Doerr’s novel triumphs on both counts.
Ms. Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller. . .
Wein’s story ducks and dodges ingeniously, giving us multiple double-takes and surprises, ratcheting up tension and emotional power as the story moves towards its conclusion.
Mr Coates has written a powerful book that reveals how being the parent of a black teenage boy in America is to be visited by night terrors about his survival. Read more at http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21656629-father-tells-his-son-what-it-be-black-american-letter-despair#obqk4WitBs11oYpm.99
The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it’s a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important.
By choosing to tell a story that most people already know — however vaguely — Larson risks losing impatient readers who open the book anticipating an immediate bang...is a fine book. Larson breathes life into narrative history like few writers working today.
...the long passages focusing on Ender are nearly always enthralling--the details are handled with flair and assurance...
With City on Fire, Hallberg has successfully gathered all these disparate, desperate remainders together, but he won’t let any of them stand on their own.
The Boys in the Boat is...an often inspiring feat of narrative non-fiction, though it could never be as thrilling as the victory of those nine boys from Washington state on a windy day in Berlin once upon a very dark time.
Apart from a few overly dramatic metaphors, Lina recounts her story with a straightforward clarity that trusts readers to summon images of starvation, disease and death, and grounds them in a reality young adults can understand.
Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible.
...make no mistake, Armada is a great story, and if you appreciate 80s culture and gaming, this novel is certainly for you. Is it the phenomenon that Ready Player One was? No. As long as you don’t expect it to be, you won’t be disappointed
The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences.
His tale is a powerful, harrowing depiction of Afghanistan, but also a lyrical evocation of the lives and enduring hopes of its resilient characters.
...“A God in Ruins” is by no means an antiwar novel. If anything, it’s a love letter to the men and boys who fought on the British side, infused with an attitude closer to “The Greatest Generation” than to “Catch-22.”
...it will surely break your heart and, in spite of the rest of the book, remind you of just why Toni Morrison has long been regarded as one of America’s greatest novelists.
Reiss has written a swashbuckling tale of his own.
In telling his story of how war erodes consideration and thoughtfulness for others, Beah challenges us in the west to question our glorification of it.
I'm not asthmatic, but there were several times when I felt I needed an inhaler or defibrillator or something to catch my breath while reading this devastating, deeply humane — and ever-relevant — book.
It's more common for baseball to be the national pastime of choice in literature, but reading Billy Lynn, it's hard to imagine an America outside of Texas Stadium.