Books

Rising, roaring, riveting — “Swell” is a steady read, slowly escalating until the pages start to teem with the anxiety of every character’s life bursting through its seams.

“The Little French Bistro” attempts to tell the story of heartbreak, loss, second chances and the small joys in life through a group of well developed characters and overlapping romantic storylines.

I feel like that’s the purpose of the novel — to get it. To understand how a game, or a poem or a chalk drawing can experience what you’re experiencing.

The novel would be a fun and interesting read if its approaches to character development and female representation were less of an issue, but it is difficult to see too much around these things as they stand.

Robert Hass’s “A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry” is full of pithy, eloquently expressed sentiments, which urge you to reread them in order to fully absorb the ideas.

This is a horror story layered with a deeper meaning, a message about the invisible walls between the poor and the privileged.

'The Barrowfields' reads as an intimate tale of sorrow, addiction and growing up.

Lee’s straightforward yet fluid prose contextualizes personal stories within the wider scope of political history.

As Hamid implies throughout, Nadia and Saeed’s story is but one of many.

Secrets and mystery prove to be the backbone of “Swimming Lessons.”