A historical novel takes readers inside the Bloomsbury Group of literati, a harrowing tale of survival in the West and a debut novel set in the wake of the BP oil spill make for great group discussion this month.
A poignant novel catches up with lifelong friends, Peter Matthiessen's remarkable final work and a look at the immigrant experience make great selections for reading groups this month.
A historical debut, a compelling look at immigrant life and a journey into the demanding world of professional ballet.
Three acclaimed novels focused on history and family dynamics are sure to spark discussion in your reading groups this month.
Three excellent novels from 2013 are now available in paperback, perfect for sparking discussion in your reading group.
This month's Audio column has something for everyone: mystery lovers, readers of inspiring memoirs and seekers of exciting new voices in fiction.
Not unlike Frankenstein, that other Gothic masterwork of the 19th century, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde—originally published in 1886—is a surprisingly slight book whose enduring impact has far outstripped its original ambitions. At barely a hundred pages, it is a quickly read novella, as noteworthy for what is left unsaid as for what is portrayed. This classic good vs. evil fable has provided the template and inspiration for an array of adaptations and interpretations over the last century and a quarter. The latest is Hyde, Daniel Levine’s ambitious and imaginative literary debut.
Like much of Eastern Europe, Poland endured a turbulent 20th century as a pawn in the match for regional supremacy between Germany and the Soviet Union. It is that contest—World War II and the postwar Communist years—that gives shape to Brigid Pasulka’s accomplished debut novel, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True. While not a war novel per se, Pasulka’s...
My Webster's defines "lament" as "a crying out in grief: wailing" or a dirge, elegy or complaint. But the Laments, the family in George Hagen's accomplished debut novel by the same name, are not given to wailing or complaining. They take their considerable lumps rather stoically, and their only concession to grief is to pick up and move on. "Laments travel"...
Before reading The Known World, Edward P. Jones' staggeringly accomplished first novel, I had no idea that there had been free black people in the antebellum South who themselves owned slaves. This strange and disturbing footnote to African-American history forms the core of a truly remarkable work of fiction by a writer who was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his 1992 collection of short stories, Lost in the City.