Sometimes Less Really is More: A Book Review of Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

If you know me at all, you know I’ve spent recent years railing against novels about white dudes who can’t get their shit together (examples here, here, and here). But the thing about hating a certain form of novel is that every once in a while someone does it spectacularly well and forces you to … More Sometimes Less Really is More: A Book Review of Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

What Makes a Mother? Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

“It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?” In Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng makes great use of the town she grew up in, Shaker Heights. A meticulously planned suburban sprawl, Shaker Heights becomes a sort of stand-in for the way life tends … More What Makes a Mother? Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Getting Lost in Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin: Book Review

I follow the Tournament of Books every year, and every year I have at least one great discovery from the contest. This year, that discovery was Fever Dream. A friend recommended it to me after it defeated the heavy favorite Lincoln in the Bardo in the contest’s opening round. It was described as hypnotic, haunting, and slightly … More Getting Lost in Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin: Book Review