Books

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The Man Booker Prize is about as coy and mysterious as the work it honors.

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What it’s about is The City. And the traumas of war, and the isolating nature of pain, and homelessness and cars and ingratitude. But mostly The City.

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Is it possible to achieve the environmental call to action of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in a work of fiction? Richard Powers is resolved to find out.

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These accomplishments of Burns’s are rightfully harvested. “Milkman” is, quite simply, an arresting masterpiece.

NOSELL

I have a crush on Rachel Kushner — everything about her.

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The complex friendship between Titch and Wash is one of the most compelling aspects of the novel, and their bond makes for a poignant story that Edugyan delivers with well-written and thought out prose.

NOSELL

“Everything Under,” Daisy Johnson’s 2018 Man Booker prize-shortlisted novel that relocates Sophocles’s “Oedipus Rex” to modern-day England and reinterprets the story through what some may call a feminist lens, has been praised for its daring alone. Well, here’s that pat on the back.

NOSELL

Indeed, the novel is impressive. A masterpiece, even, if a masterpiece is allowed a number of marginal flaws.

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Everywhere I have lived in my life, people have told me their state’s weather is uniquely unpredictable. As a result, I have come to think that weather is weird in general, and this principle doesn’t vary too much from state to state.

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It came up in conversation a short while ago that Verity and I were reading the same book — “Paradise Rot,” the debut novel of the Norwegian musician Jenny Hval. I asked Verity if she was interested in co-writing about Hval’s work, which is equally split between her writing and her musical projects, and would thus match our respective backgrounds in literature and music.