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But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P 2013 In the Brooklyn milieu of Ivy League and Oberlinish grads, the question is whether a durable relationship in a free romantic market can be made strictly on the basis of intellectual résumés. Adelle Waldman’s meri
The journalist Ariel Levy has the rare gift of seeing herself with fierce, unforgiving clarity, and deploys prose to match in her memoir.
A.S. Kristy’s Great Idea 1986 While you could start mid-series and figure out what’s going on pretty easily, Martin’s BSC debut lets you see her characters at their purest. We get a first hint of Claudia’s fashion sense, Stacey’s diabetes is reveal
SARAH BEGLEY CERTAIN BOOKS LEAVE READERS FEELING THEY KNOW EVERY MINUTE detail of a character’s inner life, as if they were lifelong companions and daily confidants. Paul Auster’s massive new novel, 4 3 2 1, is such a book. The concept behind the 8
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is as much a doorstopper as any young adult fantasy novel, but the world it builds is inside the head of teenaged Sal, who's struggling with difficult new emotions.
S.B. Like many of his novels, Spanish author Javier Marías’ new book, Thus Bad Begins, isn’t exactly a mystery, though it is mysterious. Here, the 65-year-old perennial Nobel favorite tells the story of Juan de Vere, a young man working for a film d
RADHIKA JONES THE PARTY SCENE THAT OPENS Ann Patchett’s new novel unspools like a home movie. A lawyer from the L.A. district attorney’s office, Albert Cousins, crashes the christening celebration of baby Frances, second daughter of L.A. cop Fix Kea
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
SARAH BEGLEY THE MURDER OF AISLINN MURRAY LOOKS LIKE A BIG OPPORTUNITY for Detective Antoinette Conway. She usually covers domestic disputes turned fatal, with clear perpetrators. This one is different. The victim in Tana French’s new novel, The Tre
The D.C.-born, New York City–dwelling Alam took “Write what you know” and tipped it sideways for his fun but trenchant summer novel, Rich and Pretty, starring two young women, lots of beautiful furniture and our notions of class
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
SADIE STEIN ENDINGS ARE VERY, VERY HARD—the greater question is less why books disappoint than why any succeed. Each of these is a good book written by someone of great skill who, for whatever reason, choked, rushed, or otherwise ran a narrative off
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
The Nobel Prize winner celebrated his Caribbean homeland and described its brutal colonial history. "You didn't make yourself a poet," he said. "You entered a situation in which there was poetry."
“Literature is the opposite of data,” wrote novelist Stephen Marche in the Los Angeles Times Review of Books in October 2012. He cited his favorite line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “Light thickens, and the crows make wing to the rooky wood.” Marche w
He didn’t attend the ceremony, but he did make a statement about the difference between making art and analyzing it.