V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Letters, Lovers and Time Travel
Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.
The Light and the Dark
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
The Age of Innocence Lost
“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”
Kicking the Sky
V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014
Double Negative, Ivan Vladislavic’s fourth novel, accounts for chunks of time in the life of Neville Lister, an anti-war, anti-apartheid, consummate college dropout living with his parents in '80s Johannesburg.
V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014
The Malvinas Strike Back
Just pages into Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro’s sprawling, genre-bending novel The Islands, we meet one of the most chilling and repulsive characters in contemporary literature.
V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
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V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013
The Other Lodgers
A tale of supernatural terror“In order to take that train,” said Colonel Levering, sitting in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, “you will have to remain nearly all night in Atlanta. That is a fine city, but I advise you not to put up at the Breathitt House, one of the principal hotels. ...”
V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Historically StatingFrom cowboys to casinos to Commies, three enchanting books grapple with history on the large and small scale.
Shepherd of Sin
In a short, complex narrative that relies on the second person, Father Meme tells the story of three Native youths who suffered and survived abuse at the hands of a priest.
V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Overexposed Polyamorous Photographer
At first, the ménage à trois is a mutually satisfying arrangement. But ...
V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013
Memory is a Fickle Companion
The memories of narrator Liz Crane, a 40-year-old entomologist, form the basis of a richly woven story of several generations.
V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013
It All Starts and Ends and Starts Again
The Lowland, Jhumpha Lahiri’s first novel in ten years, continually plays with the question of origin.
V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
Drifting Toward the Surface
Jacqueline walks the beautiful beaches of the Aegean Sea every day, watching tourists sunbathe, but she also battles constant hunger and a horrific past.
A Marker to Measure Drift
V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Jack Handey is Real
And he is funnier than you
To all would-be comedians: Jack Handey of “Deep Thoughts” fame did it 30 years ago, he did it smarter than you, and he continues to be funnier than you.
The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure