Of Woman and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Review by Clara Oropeza From what corners of our lives do we summon the will to survive the wickedness of life? This seems to be a central question in Of…

L’Origine: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece by Lilianne Milgrom

Review by Linda Lappin Since its first foray into public view at the Brooklyn Museum in 1988, Gustave Courbet’s l’Origine du Monde, a depiction of female anatomy sans head, lower legs,…

City Of A Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks

Review by Brian Tanguay Other than Kashmir or the Korean peninsula, no territory on earth is as bitterly contested as that claimed by the Jews of Israel and the Arab…

Duplicity by Peter Selgin

Review by Linda Lappin In this darkly unsettling farce, Duplicity, novelist Peter Selgin lures the reader into the eerie parallel universe of doppelgangers, impostors, and multiple selves, while musing on the nature…

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Review by Brian Tanguay Review by Brian Tanguay I decided to read Shuggie Bain after listening to Michael Silverblatt interview the novel’s author, Douglas Stuart, on Bookworm. By the time…

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

Review by Jinny Webber “Reading The Hearing Trumpet liberates us from the miserable reality of our days,” wrote Luis Buñuel after the 1976 publication of Leonora Carrington’s novel, recently re-released…

My Life with Women: The Consolation of Jazz, Vols. 1 & 2 by Thomas Kennedy

Review by Linda Lappin Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet, is often considered a “writer’s writer,” one whose name may be known only to a particular niche of…

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Review by David Starkey “In October 2018, inspired by the centenary of the great flu,” Emma Donoghue tells us in the Author’s Note of her new novel, “I began writing…

Rodham: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Review by David Starkey The first of the three parts of Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel Rodham is entitled “The Catch,” and it mostly follows the historical record of Bill Clinton and…

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Review by David Starkey Elizabeth Strout is a fine writer, and novels such as The Burgess Boys and My Name Is Lucy Barton are very good. Still, Olive Kitteridge, her…