"Wise and engaging….a provocative study of the way war culture ensnares both participant and observer, the warping fascination of violence, and the disfiguring consequences of the roles we play in public…[a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work….the ending is a quiet bomb, as satisfying as it is ambiguous." To read the full review, click here.
Patty Chang Anker's SOME NERVE just received a delightful review in the Boston Globe, which writes: "As she confronts her own difficulty...Anker grounds her observations in her own generous, warm world view." Read the full review here.
THE GOOD LORD BIRD goes on sale today! The Washington Post writes: "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel by James McBride...There is something deeply humane in this [story], something akin to the work of Homer or Mark Twain... McBride’s Little Onion — a sparkling narrator who is sure to win new life on the silver screen — leads us through history’s dark corridors, suggesting that “truths” may actually lie elsewhere." Read the full review here.
The New York Times Book Review raves about James McBride's latest, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, on the front page of this Sunday's print edition: "Magnificent...a brilliant romp of a novel...McBride...pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page." Read the full review online here.
Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times raves:
“What makes Yonahlossee emotionally engaging in its own right—this summer’s first romantic page turner—is Ms. DiSclafani’s sure-footed sense of narrative and place, and her decision to portray her heroine, Thea Atwell, in all her complexity: fierce, passionate, strong-willed, but also selfish, judgmental and self-destructive. By setting the novel in 1930, as America teeters on a financial cliff, and the days of debutante balls and fancy-dress parties seem numbered, Ms. DiSclafani has tried to situate the rarefied world her characters inhabit in a real-life context, even as she gives the reader some well-observed glimpses of the lifestyles of the rich and not so famous...
By cutting back and forth between the events that took Thea to Yonahlossee and her experiences in school, Ms. DiSclafani methodically builds suspense, making the reader wonder how Thea’s two romances will unfurl, and whether they will dovetail or collide...
The reader’s attention rarely wavers, thanks to Ms. DiSclafani’s knowledge of how to keep her foot on her story’s gas pedal, and her sympathy for her spirited, unbridled heroine.”
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"Beautifully written, masterfully crafted... And the Mountains Echoed is painfully sad but also radiant with love... To underscore love's centrality and contingency, Khaled Hosseini closes with an image drawn from a dream: a snapshot of bygone happiness all the more precious in retrospect because we know how fragile it is." To read the full review, click here.