The ride, the jump, the surmise, it's that feeling of holding on for dear life and then letting go that these sometimes oddly constructed but always powerful stories reward us with.
This beautiful novella turns on who or what Mary should believe about her son’s life and death—and on a mother’s grief.
A fascinating chronicle of an important chapter in fundamental science.
...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...
...Mr. Stross offers sufficient portraiture to give us a sense of the young entrepreneurs.
Indeed, you could read Díaz . . . and enjoy to your prurient fill his gutter-smacking genius for conjuring up sex and assorted female body parts . . . in colourful, zestfully profane terms. But you could also read him — to equally strong effect — as a thoughtful, incisive chronicler of contemporary First World immigrant experiences and family life.
"Telegraph Avenue" is so exuberant, it's as if Michael Chabon has pulled joy from the air and squeezed it into the shape of words.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
Smith provokes rigour in her readers; we’re waiting, wanting and we have expectations of her. I won’t forgive her things I might a lesser writer.
Gerritsen pulls things together nicely by the end as she crafts several sequences that will leave readers anxious about the outcome.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is written in journalistic fashion, each character speaking in his or her own voice. The reader becomes privy to every player’s thoughts, reactions, and feelings...making for an intense and compelling tale.
It's an ode to friendship between two men, a story of the strong bond between a human and a dog, and a reminder of what is worth living for.
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.
...a fast paced and enjoyable trip down the left side of the “Don’t Tread on Me” highway, providing an understanding of where the road began and where it appears to be going.
Where We Belong is a moving book, and one that sucked me in deep.
Bohjalian is a literary novelist... his books are also filled with artfully drawn characters and great, passionate storytelling. "The Sandcastle Girls" is all that, but different, more powerful.
Though his subject is a serious one, Mr. Kean enlivens his narrative with an appealing sense of humor.
The Prisoner of Heaven is a killer. The story has heart, menace, torture, kindness, cruelty, sacrifice, honor, and a deep devotion to what makes humans tick. Nothing is out of bounds and no emotion is left hidden...
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.