Tag Archives: Novels

Ira Levin’s Creepy Valentine: Rosemary’s Baby and the Power of Place

Rosemary's Baby book cover

Rosemary’s Baby entered my life at the same time as my growing awareness of the power and mystery of place.

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Meaning’s Music: A Review of William H. Gass’s Middle C

Middle C by William H. Gass

Gass’s new novel, Middle C, is likely to strike most readers as less dependent on language games, but such an impression would ultimately be only superficial.

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Received: John Irving’s In One Person

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Keywords: bisexual narrator, “sexual suspect,” Vermont, amateur theatrical society, AIDS

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Book Review: Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel

Plague Town

Dana Fredsti, novelist and former swordswoman in charge of training on Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness, manages to squeeze some fresh juice out of an idea that Buffy did better on the small screen.

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Paul Auster’s The Music of Chance

It’s probably best to learn about this book in as random a way as possible, since it’s kind of a paean to randomness.

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Parts Fitting Together

Every event that occurs in a novel sheds light on all the novel’s other events.

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Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth

Sacred Hunger is set a few decades before the American Revolution or French Revolution — but we feel them brewing in the novel’s every line.

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No Perfect Novels

The impossibility of perfection is part of the appeal of novel-writing, and in this, writing resembles life.

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Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler, Reviewed by Tim Horvath

Right off the bat, Scorch Atlas asserts itself as, if not the coolest-looking book you’ve ever fanned between your fingers, on the short-list, interior and exterior alike. Trot it out to the right café or park bench, and people will crane to try to discern what you’re reading. Visually, its obvious allusion (though a Google […]

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The Humbling by Philip Roth

It would be an understatement to say that Roth has never excelled at writing women characters.

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Chronic City: Review of Jonathan Lethem’s Eighth Novel

First, I am not the strong reader I might like to be. Second, I found Chronic City tedious, boring, and uninspiring. Third, the second might find cause in the first.

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Please Step Back by Ben Greenman

Glittery and disco-flashy, but never indulgent, Greenman’s novel is so fluid that one probably won’t pick up on the key changes…

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A Gate At The Stairs by Lorrie Moore, Reviewed

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No one who is a fan of Lorrie Moore, or of coming-of-age novels rich in wit and specificity, should resist reading A Gate At The Stairs.

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Ray of the Star by Laird Hunt

Pain is one of the particles forming the novel’s packed core. The story focuses (largely) on graying-haired Harry, a man who once suffered a loss that left his life in shambles.

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Of Song and Water by Joseph Coulson

Throughout the novel, Coulson’s narration slips fluidly between the perspectives of the three generations of Moore men, jumbling timelines and storylines without much fuss over which parts belong to the present and which to the past.

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