Munro’s gift is her ability to get inside a character’s very being. She makes us laugh, understand our human flaws, and feel nostalgic. She allows readers to share in her dear, Dear Life.
Colm Tóibín's mothers don't always behave as they should; they are often unpredictable, occasionally downright troublesome, prone to gusts of passion or rage or – worse – unnatural indifference.
Carroll’s clarity and unbridled enthusiasm reveal the pure excitement of discovery as much as they illuminate the facts.
...a mishmash of cardboard characters, a convoluted yet preposterous plot, cartoonish marital discord, paralyzing generational divides, transparent conspiracies, an epidemic of personality disorders, and stereotypical conflicts...
Stross peppers the book with his [Graham's] mottos: “Make something people want”, “Launch fast.” “Write code and talk to customers.” If not the definitive history of this explosion in technology start-ups, Stross at least provides lively source material.
...Yunior's voice is as versatile as his other main instrument; rather than just a Johnny One-Note of obscenities, he's also witty and moving and mournful.
When it comes to creating vivid, memorable and “real” characters of any and all sexes, ages and races, no American novelist writing today can touch Michael Chabon.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
The literary wunderkind...shows off a pared-down style and cast, but continues to apply significant scrutiny to the world she’s examining.
Gerritsen pulls things together nicely by the end as she crafts several sequences that will leave readers anxious about the outcome.
...the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying dénouement.
...is a heavenly book, a stellar achievement by a debut novelist that manages to combine sparkling prose with truly memorable, shining, characters. It contains constellations of grand images and ideas, gleams with vitality, and sparkles with wit.
Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
Macintyre effortlessly weaves the agents’ deliciously eccentric personalities with larger wartime events to shape a tale that reads like a top-notch spy thriller.
...veteran investigative reporters Barlett and Steele point out that they delivered identical warnings in America: What Went Wrong (1992)—all of which came true.
Where We Belong is a moving book, and one that sucked me in deep.
...Bohjalian’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.
In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers.
This is an enthralling read and a must-have for your library. Zafon focusses on the emotion of the reader and doesn’t let go.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.