Two Début Novels Explore How to Be Good

Fiction that dramatizes the struggle to be good is filtering down like a soft light on our messy present. “Such Good Work,” a first novel by the Swedish-American writer Johannes Lichtman, is one example; “The Altruists,” a début from Andrew Ridker, is another. Both authors came up in the M.F.A. system; both cast a brilliant …

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Join Us For Persist: A Feminist Book Club On Instagram (Book Five!)

Persist: A Feminist Book Club is presented by Flatiron Books, publishers of Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao, now in paperback. An electrifying debut novel about the extraordinary bond between two girls driven apart by circumstance but relentless in their search for one another. Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the …

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The Political Economy of Safari

Peter Marlow/Magnum PhotosPhinda Private Game Reserve, Zululand, South Africa, 2002 We searched for them for a week, but in the end the wild dogs surrounded us almost before we saw them. They came out of the dusk in twos and threes, melting in and out of the trees with a flicker of white-tufted tails, until …

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Sui Generis: Helen Oyeyemi’s “Gingerbread”

MARCH 5, 2019 IS THERE AN AUTHOR working today who is comparable to Helen Oyeyemi? She might be the only contemporary author for whom it’s not hyperbole to claim she’s sui generis, and I don’t think it’s a stretch either to say she’s a genius, as opposed to talented or newsworthy or relevant or accomplished, …

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Cape to publish The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel

Published March 5, 2019 by Katie Mansfield Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape will publish the graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale later this month. … Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape will publish the graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale later this month.  Canadian artist Renée Nault has been working on this new …

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An unflinching look at violence in Chicago

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago. By Alex Kotlowitz. Doubleday; 304 pages; $27.95. WALK THROUGH Bronzeville on Chicago’s South Side and there is plenty to suggest that a once-troubled neighbourhood is on the up. A supermarket has replaced a housing project, the Ida B. Wells Homes, that was notorious for gangs, drugs and …

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The “I Do” of Addiction

People might mean well, but, benign or not, when somebody asks, how’s your mama doing, my impulse is noneya. As in none of your business, which often construes to “she’s fine” or “doing well” or “good,” depending on who asked. But, to keep it 100, I ain’t sure. Let Mom tell it, she’s a single …

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At the Border of the Novel

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli Knopf, 383 pp., $27.95 Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli Coffee House, 119 pp., $12.95 (paper) The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney Coffee House, 195 pp., $16.95 (paper) Faces in the Crowd by …

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