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Friday, May 17, 2013

Entertainment Weekly gives a rave “A” review to Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed

“[W]ith his third and most ambitious novel yet, Hosseini makes it clear that he's not ready to rest on his Big Name…. While it hits all the Hosseini sweet spots — nostalgia, devastating details, triumph over the odds — And the Mountains Echoed covers more ground, both geographically and emotionally, than his previous works. It's not until Hosseini makes the novel small again, for the poignant conclusion, that you fully appreciate what he's accomplished.”  To Read More…
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Monday, May 13, 2013

The UK is raving about Patrick Flanery's Fallen Land

UK reviews are just starting to come in for Patrick Flanery's latest. The Guardian says, "In Fallen Land, Flanery has given us a gripping thriller, and a superb portrayal of how ordinary men can veer into madness, but its real power lies in its recognition of the tragic failure of an American dream," and the Sunday Times raves, "Fallen Land is an ambitious thriller vehicle for a dissection of America. . . Fallen Land impressively examines how thoroughly the American dream has turned into the American nightmare."
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Entertainment Weekly raves about The Interestings in an A review

"A victory. . . . The Interestings secures Wolitzer's place among the best novelists of her generation. . . . She's every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human moments in her work hit you harder than the big ideas. This isn't women's fiction. It's everyone's."
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Washington Post gives Manuel Gonzales’s “excellent” book, The Miniature Wife, a rave review

“Gonzales has built a peerless fictional universe by populating his stories with zombies, unicorns, werewolves and space warriors, and then giving them the sensibilities of worried middle managers…hilarious and chilling…a superior collection of writing and a signpost of an emerging talent with a strong and distinctive voice.” To read the full review, click here

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani raves about Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Flithy Rich in Rising Asia

"A compelling story that works on two levels — in this case as a deeply moving and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and as a larger, metaphorical look at the mind-boggling social and economic changes sweeping “rising Asia.”

 

It is a measure of Mr. Hamid’s audacious talents that he manages to make his protagonist’s story work on so many levels. “You” is, at once, a modern-day Horatio Alger, representing the desires and frustrations of millions in rising Asia; a bildungsroman hero, by turns knavish and recognizably human, who sallies forth from the provinces to find his destiny; and a nameless but intimately known soul, whose bittersweet romance with the pretty girl possesses a remarkable emotional power. With How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.”

 

To read the entire review, click here.

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Alan Cheuse of NPR compares Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Rich in Rising Asia to "a globalized version of The Great Gatsby"

“Thanks to Hamid's meticulous use of detail — and his sympathy for a man on the make in a society of endemic poverty — we engage deeply with a serious character whose essence remains his own yet who stands as a figure representative of his time and place, an effect only the best novelists can create… this tale of an unscrupulous striver may bring to mind a globalized version of The Great Gatsby. Given the unabashed gimmickry of Hamid's how-to design, it's a pleasant surprise to find that his book is nearly that good.” To read more, click here.
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The Washington Post praises Mohsin Hamid's "extraordinarily clever" How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

“Extraordinarily clever… a parody of the genre from one angle and a melancholy reflection on modern life from another… manages to be both particular and broad at the same time.” To read more, click here.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

O Magazine names Rosie Schaap’s “witty” memoir, Drinking with Men, a Must-Read Book for February

“A witty homage to pubs and bars and the regulars who call them home.” To check out the full list, click here.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Baltimore Sun reviews Ben Yagoda's "lucid" How to Not Write Bad

“Fortunately, Ben Yagoda understands that the trick of achieving what he calls "good-enough writing" is to avoid the errors that make you look like an unskilled writer. In How to Not Write Bad, he identifies a clutch of about fifty problem areas, plentifully illustrated by selections from students' prose. Train yourself to avoid those hazards, he argues, and you will produce respectable prose and be able to move on to more sophisticated effects...His advice is straightforward, plain-spoken, lucid, and sound.” To read the whole review, click here.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Entertainment Weekly says The Painted Girls is a must

Entertainment Weekly includes The Painted Girls on their Weekly Hot List, calling it “richly imagined” and naming one of their Top 10 Most Loved pieces of entertainment for the week, alongside Lena Dunham, Woody Allen, and the Jackson 5.
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