February 03, 2015
Rachel Cusk, the famously ambivalent mother, is back.
Does a Good Parent Let Her Child Play Alone in the Woods?
November 10, 2014
Maybe our kids should be spending more time in the woods...alone.
Why Are We So Fixated on the Crimes of the Victorians?
October 22, 2014
They're riveting—but why?
The Novel of Female Ambition Evolves
May 03, 2013
It’s been hard for critics to write about Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs without leaving fictional territory a
July 30, 2012
The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi
June 27, 2012
How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l
On Her Own Two Feet
March 05, 2012
The re-issue of two Elizabeth Taylor novels, A Game of Hide and Seek and Angel, is truly exciting. For years, Taylor’s short stories—painfully smart,
November 04, 2010
This is a strange and often beautiful book, an adventure story and a love story and, at its best, a kaleidoscopic glimpse of New York City during the
The Goal Was Greatness
May 26, 2010
When you are an inarguably excellent novelist of the mid-twentieth century, with a solid trans-Atlantic reputation among critics and readers and stead
My Big Fat Eco-wedding
February 11, 2009
I recently downloaded the Real Simple (ha!) 16-month wedding checklist, in advance of my own upcoming nuptials, and was duly appalled, not only by the fact that, six months out, I'm apparently supposed to be booking portable toilets and composing a day-of timeline (isn't that something you do, like, the day of?), but also by the general excess, financial and otherwise, of the whole thing.