Category Archives: Reviews

Bilal Tanweer’s 'The Scatter Here Is Too Great'

Near the end of Bilal Tanveer’s The Scatter Here Is Too Great, one of the seven unnamed narrators of this novel-in-stories reflects on his father’s love of classical Urdu tales, like the fantastical Tilism-e Hoshruba, an Urdu epic that follows

Bilal Tanweer’s 'The Scatter Here Is Too Great'

Near the end of Bilal Tanveer’s The Scatter Here Is Too Great, one of the seven unnamed narrators of this novel-in-stories reflects on his father’s love of classical Urdu tales, like the fantastical Tilism-e Hoshruba, an Urdu epic that follows

The Landscape of Vulnerability: Maria Venegas' 'Bulletproof Vest'

If you don’t believe in magic or fate, Maria Venegas’ debut memoir, Bulletproof Vest, might change your mind. The narrative reads like a novel and is written in a similar fashion to the corrido, a traditional farewell ballad for peasants

The Landscape of Vulnerability: Maria Venegas' 'Bulletproof Vest'

If you don’t believe in magic or fate, Maria Venegas’ debut memoir, Bulletproof Vest, might change your mind. The narrative reads like a novel and is written in a similar fashion to the corrido, a traditional farewell ballad for peasants

Reading in the Present Tense: Ben Lerner's '10:04'

Ben Lerner is a true poet’s poet—a composer of bold, experimental verse—but his turn to fiction in the 2010s has proven him to be a critic’s novelist. The hero of his lauded debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (2011), is

Reading in the Present Tense: Ben Lerner's '10:04'

Ben Lerner is a true poet’s poet—a composer of bold, experimental verse—but his turn to fiction in the 2010s has proven him to be a critic’s novelist. The hero of his lauded debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (2011), is

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Saying

The creation of stories is a fundamental human activity.  By placing events in relation to one another we structure our experience and generate meaning. The narratives we believe convince us by their proximity to what we perceive as real, whether

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Saying

The creation of stories is a fundamental human activity.  By placing events in relation to one another we structure our experience and generate meaning. The narratives we believe convince us by their proximity to what we perceive as real, whether

Jessie Burton's 'The Miniaturist'

The past can be a gloriously fertile place for authors: the sparser the facts, the more space there is for fiction to grow and thrive. As Hilary Mantel puts it, ‘the imagination can suggest what’s erased,’ while WG Sebald speaks

Jessie Burton's 'The Miniaturist'

The past can be a gloriously fertile place for authors: the sparser the facts, the more space there is for fiction to grow and thrive. As Hilary Mantel puts it, ‘the imagination can suggest what’s erased,’ while WG Sebald speaks

When We’re All Roses of Possession: A Review of Susan Scarf Merrell’s 'Shirley'

There’s a difference between love and possession, isn’t there? In love, we’re comfortable with the people in our lives, we know our minds and hearts, and we’re in control. But what of the excitement inherent in being possessed, that ridden

When We’re All Roses of Possession: A Review of Susan Scarf Merrell’s 'Shirley'

There’s a difference between love and possession, isn’t there? In love, we’re comfortable with the people in our lives, we know our minds and hearts, and we’re in control. But what of the excitement inherent in being possessed, that ridden

Alexi Zentner's 'The Lobster Kings'

As a kid growing up in Maine, there came a day early on in the summer each year when the couch on our back porch beckoned just so, and I’d stretch out to read. At last, it was warm enough

Alexi Zentner's 'The Lobster Kings'

As a kid growing up in Maine, there came a day early on in the summer each year when the couch on our back porch beckoned just so, and I’d stretch out to read. At last, it was warm enough