Don Leeâ??s Lonely Hearts Club
June 6, 2017
In Don Lee’s new novel, Lonesome Lies Before Us (W. W. Norton & Company), Yadin Park, a former alt-country singer/songwriter cobbles together a meagre existence in a down-on-its-heels Northern Californian beach town.
Francesca Segalâ??s Modern Families
May 14, 2017
A blended family is always ripe subject matter for high drama, and in Francesca Segal’s riveting and hilarious second novel, The Awkward Age (Random House), multiple conflicts ensue when James and Julia decide to live together in North London.
Hannah Tinti’s Constellation
March 28, 2017
Out today, Hannah Tinti’s new novel, The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley, is a gripping father-daughter road trip where the bad guys are never far behind.
January 31, 2017
The Animators (Random House), the compelling debut novel from Kayla Rae Whitaker, has already drawn comparisons to feminist classics such as Thelma and Louise.
January 25, 2017
As outlaw tales go, Andrew Hilleman’s debut novel, World, Chase Me Down (Penguin) ranks alongside the likes of Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and Billy the Kid.
James Lasdun and the Construction of a Character
October 17, 2016
Ten years ago, British-born, American-based writer James Lasdun won the first BBC National Short Story Award.
August 16, 2016
“This is a story about the long-term outcomes of a seemingly harmless action—a drunken kiss at a party—on a large group of people,” says Ann Patchett about her compelling new novel Commonwealth (Harper).
Catherine Banner’s Imaginary Paradise
July 12, 2016
Out today, The House at the Edge of Night (Random House) is a gorgeous, sweeping story set over four generations.
Lionel Shriver’s Lost Generation
June 21, 2016
In Lionel Shriver’s dark satire The Mandibles, A Family 2029-2047, there is a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep the Americans out.
Stephanie Danler’s Sweet Dreams
May 24, 2016
Stephanie Danler’s propulsive debut novel, Sweetbitter (Doubleday), reads like a stumble backstage at mid-’70s Rolling Stones concert.
Louise Erdrich’s War of the Roses
May 9, 2016
Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, La Rose (Harper), starts with a brutal scene.
Benjamin Wood’s Island in the Sun
May 4, 2016
“Breathtaking” is a weighty word to describe a novel, but Benjamin Wood’s The Ecliptic merits such an adjective.
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s Million Dollar Baby
March 22, 2016
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney wrote most of her debut novel, The Nest, while an MFA student at Bennington College in Vermont.
Karan Mahajan Reinterprets Home
March 21, 2016
By embracing a constantly shifting point of view over two decades, Karan Mahajan explores the many tangents of pain in his deftly poignant second novel The Association Of Small Bombs.
Dana Spiotta’s Age of Innocence
March 11, 2016
Dana Spiotta is a writer’s writer. A professor at Syracuse University in the MFA Program, the L.A.-native pens strange, intimate, off-kilter tales of marginalized characters often dealing with their own quiet devastation.
Understanding Amy Koppelman
October 27, 2015
It’s a good time to be writer Amy Koppelman.
Wines and Misdemeanors
October 9, 2015
When firefighters rushed towards large plumes of dense black smoke filling the Vellejo, Northern California sky on a warm October afternoon in 2005, they initially thought a 747 Airliner had crashed.
Into the Wild with Aspen Matis
September 2, 2015
At only 25, Aspen Matis has been published in The New York Times and has a blurb from Lena Dunham on her debut memoir, Girl in the Woods.
June 9, 2015
“I was useless at science. I was never going to be an astrophysicist,” dead pans acclaimed British writer Sarah Hall.
Love on the Rocks
May 26, 2015
Set in a small British ex-pat community on the balmy holiday island of Majorca, The Rocks (Riverhead) follows two love stories over a period of 60 years.