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?
The literary world was shocked when no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded in 2012 despite the existence of three finalists. What happened? … More Do Book Prizes Owe Us a Winner Every Year? A Deep Dive into the Pulitzer Prize Controversy of 2012
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, that classic saga of the American south, has been a beloved novel since it was first published. But is it inherently racist? … More Is Gone with the Wind Racist? A Pulitzer Prize Deep Dive
Predicting what will win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction feels like madness, but that won’t stop me from trying! Here are my predictions for what might be named this year’s winner. … More Who Will Win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?
Douglas Stuart returns with Young Mungo, his second novel, about a tender boy growing up in a violent world and trying to find his place. … More A Dangerous Coming of Age in Glasgow: Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
Acclaimed director Jane Campion adapted Thomas Savage’s forgotten classic western The Power of the Dog for film to great success. But what changes did she make, and which version is better? … More The Power of the Dog: Book vs. Movie
Dario Diofebi’s debut novel about Las Vegas and the people who get caught up in it thinks of Sin City as a microcosm for America. Is it? … More Paradise, Nevada and Las Vegas as America