Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

Morrow Review by Brian Tanguay I can’t remember reading a work of fiction where bits of prose took me out of the story as often as happened while reading Yellowface…

Blue Skies by T. C. Boyle

(Liveright) Review by David Starkey Even the grimmest climate change novels usually contain a glimmer of humor, and books like Lydia Millet’s The Children’s Bible contain passages that are downright…

The Guest Lecture by Martin Riker

Black Cat Review by Walter Cummins In its opening section Martin Riker’s The Guest Lecture appears to be a critical study in disguise, a consideration of John Maynard Keynes based…

Coolest American Stories 2023 Edited by Mark Wish and Elizabeth Coffey

Coolest Stories Press Review by Jack Smith Coolest American Stories 2023 is the second in a series of anthologized short stories, edited by Mark Wish and Elizabeth Coffey.  In numerous…

Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell

(Penguin) Review by Brian Tanguay Discovering a new author is one of the unparalleled joys of reading. Like the box of chocolates made famous by Forrest Gump, one never knows…

Take What You Need by Idra Novey

Viking Review by Walter Cummins The words of Idra Novey’s title, Take What You Need, suggest a sign scrawled on a heap of broken, useless stuff not worth a payment.…

Dog on Fire by Terese Svoboda

Nebraska Review by Walter Cummins Terese Svoboda opens Dog on Fire with the narrator trapped in a blinding storm: “Out of a storm so thick with dust, a storm so…

MacLeish Sq. by Dennis Must

Red Hen Review by Jack Smith As with many of Dennis Must’s other fictions, consisting of three novels and three short story collections, MacLeish Sq. is a tale about personal…

Dangerous Blues by Stephen Policoff

Review by Lisa del Rosso In Stephen Policoff’s latest novel, the evocative Dangerous Blues, widower Paul Brickner, the not so much unreliable as increasingly unhinged narrator, is being haunted by…

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

(Harper Perennial) Review by Brian Tanguay I’m not sure why it took me so long to read Louise Erdrich. I’ve seen her name on lists of best books in literary…