The Casual Vacancy is a loose, baggy novel, but once a central narrative starts to emerge, the result is penetrating and pleasantly acerbic.
Johnson’s closeness to Kerouac is invaluable for Johnson the memoirist, it is limiting for Johnson the disinterested biographer.
This book most fully represents the collision of male and female that is central to Díaz’s particular voice.
How is a Jewish novelist, raised in an assimilated household in the South, supposed to navigate this complicated terrain?
The Yellow Birds's disordered, digressive narration places the novel squarely in an American tradition of war writing.
The new variety of haunted house is a variation on the classic: a place where dreams wither.
The literary community needs more smart criticism, not less positive criticism.
For Victor LaValle the supernatural is a means to heighten the horrors that have always inspired his work.
The argument of The Wives is twofold: great writers have demanding habits, and that the women who tended to those habits deserve recognition.
Kate Summerscale’s new book has neither that page-by-page excitement nor so formidable a collection of historical personages as characters as her earl