The Pulitzer Prizes were first given out in 1917 but the Fiction prize was withheld. Instead, it officially launched the following year. Why? … More The Origins of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (And Why There Was No Winner the First Year): A Pulitzer Prize Deep Dive
Andrew Sean Greer’s Less won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Is this sequel necessary? Does it live up to the original? … More Turns Out Less Really Is More: My Review of Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer
Andrew Sean Greer’s Less was a surprise winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Did it deserve to win? And what does that mean anyway? … More Is Less Secretly Toxic? And What Type of Book Deserves to Win Major Literary Prizes? The Case of Less (A Pulitzer Prize Deep Dive)
Anthony Marra’s Mercury Pictures Presents follows a wide cast of characters through Hollywood and WWII. But does he do too much? … More Hollywood, Corruption, and the World: Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
Alison Cochrun’s queer holiday romance follows a woman who agrees to a fake engagement with someone who turns out to be the brother of the woman of her dreams. Chaos ensues. … More The Cinnamon Bun Romance I Needed Right Now: Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun
Here’s a look at new book releases for the second half of 2022 that I am looking forward to. … More Upcoming Book Releases I’m Excited About
Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Beloved, a novel about the ghosts of slavery. Is it worthy of the title Great American Novel? … More Can America Reckon With the Ghosts of Slavery? Beloved: A Pulitzer Prize Deep Dive
The term “Great American Novel” has been thrown around a great deal. But what does it mean? And does any book embody the elusive ideal? … More What is the Great American Novel?
The author of the gay classic Dancer From the Dance has released a new novel about a gay man facing old age and death. Is it worth reading? … More Life, Decline, and Death: The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran (Book Review)
24 years after introducing the world to Tracy Flick in his landmark novel Election, Tom Perrotta brings her back in Tracy Flick Can’t Win. Was it worth it? … More Is Tracy Flick Worth Revisiting in 2022?