“[With] effortless prose and precise observations…Straub's novel explores themes of identity, career and motherhood through the filter of one woman's life experience…an entertaining narrative.” To read the full review, click here.
EW gives Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures an A- and calls it “a stunningly intimate portrayal of one woman's life.” They also included it on their Must List! To check out the full review, click here.
"Ampuero offers a provocative depiction of Neruda, a man reevaluating his marriages and love affairs and feeling fresh remorse for having forsaken a hydrocephalic daughter to concentrate on his poetry... Vivid... Although The Neruda Case is a prequel for his international readers, here in the United States, it should be a prologue for more novels from this shrewd and serious-minded novelist." Read more...
"Jack 1939 is most assuredly a work of fiction, but it takes skeins of history we all know well...and ravels a hair-raising tale....Mathews’s ability to weave fact into her tale is nothing short of remarkable....It’s going to be a long, hot summer in Washington, and there are precious few entertainments this captivating." Read more...
"[A] brisk thriller that defies the odds… It's no small feat to take a historic figure who looms as large in real life as John F. Kennedy, place him in an improbable fantasy and not strain credulity. But in this case, Mathews has accomplished her mission.” Read the full review here.
"The twists and turns of the quest through Mexico City, Havana, East Berlin, and La Paz deftly weave the personal and the political in a doleful exploration of the ways in which romantic and revolutionary ideals inevitably founder. Neruda himself...is unforgettably conjured." If you have a subscription, you can read the whole Briefly Noted review here.
"Too often, the Roaring Twenties in film and fiction is reduced to its most simplistic stereotypes: flappers doing a frantic Charleston while swilling champagne, swells in roadsters speeding through a computer-generated Times Square....In 'The Chaperone,' Moriarty gives us a historically detailed and nuanced portrayal of the social upheaval that spilled into every corner of American life by 1922....[An] inventive and lovely Jazz Age story." Read the full review here.
“The simmering mysteries here are among the elements that keep you moving forward… [A] foxy intellectual treatise on mendacity and its discontents…. [S]erious and worthy: its best moments imprint upon the mind.” Read the full review here.