Get Creeped out with Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin

A review of Samanta Schweblin’s newly translated surreal short story collection, Mouthful of Birds. … More Get Creeped out with Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin

The Tsar of Love and Techno, by Anthony Marra: Book Review

“History is the error we are forever correcting.” The Tsar of Love and Techno is a series of interlocked stories spanning generations in Russia, Siberia, and Chechnya. It starts with a bang, telling stories of a Soviet censor who paints his brother, who was executed and whose existence was wiped out by the government, into … More The Tsar of Love and Techno, by Anthony Marra: Book Review

Book Review: Redeployment, by Phil Klay

“We are part of a long tradition of suffering.” Books about war–and particularly short story collections about war–always suffer in my mind because they inevitably get compared to what I believe is the greatest war collection of all time: The Things They Carried. It is to Phil Klay’s enormous credit that much of Redeployment stands ground with … More Book Review: Redeployment, by Phil Klay

Book Review: Nine Inches, by Tom Perrotta

“You can’t know what’s in another person’s heart.” This is Perrotta’s first venture back into the world of short stories since his debut, the superlative Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies. It’s amazing how easily he slips back into the form after a long absence, not to mention how well he utilizes every page–whether it’s … More Book Review: Nine Inches, by Tom Perrotta

Book Review: This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz

“This is what I know: people’s hopes go on forever.” I’m going to be blunt here: if This is How You Lose Her isn’t already on your reading list, add it. Immediately. Mark my words, it will be appearing on numerous top ten lists for 2012–which is exactly where it belongs. This is How You … More Book Review: This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz

Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Ever since the publication of her mesmerizing, Pulitzer Prize winning debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri has established herself as one of modern fiction’s most powerful voices. The stories in that collection showcased what was to become Lahiri’s trademark: acute psychological observations, eloquent writing, detailed descriptions, and a fiercely intelligent structure. As in poetry, … More Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri