The Girl, the Psycho, and the Nice Guy
A comic about teenagers that understands just how frustrating they can be.
Portrait of an English VillageRonald Blythe’s Akenfield demonstrates that the strongest link between past and future is the living memories of our neighbors.
The Elegant Bigotry of Michel HouellebecqHis new novel treats Islam, and women, so badly that it’s hard not to wonder where the character’s views end and the author’s begin.
Why Do-Gooders Make the Rest of Us UncomfortableLarissa MacFarquhar explores unchecked idealism in Strangers Drowning.
Chocky, the Kindly Body SnatcherJohn Wyndham’s last sci-fi novel, Chocky, is more domestic comedy than allegorical catastrophe.
Escaping the Poisonous Womb of HomeThe real heart of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is the economic striving that drives their heroine throughout her life.
The Odd Case of the Nazi JudgeKonrad Morgen claimed he worked to undermine the Nazi regime by rigorously enforcing its own laws.
The Death of the California DreamClaire Vaye Watkins’ debut novel takes place in a Golden State turned endless desert.
Strange BedfellowsHow Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies brings two very different people—and novels—together.
“Dickens + MP3 ÷ Balzac + JPEG”Valeria Luiselli produced her novel The Story of My Teeth under peculiar stars.
My Brilliant MotherWhat I learned about literature and family when I got my mom to translate the fourth Neapolitan novel for both of us to read together.
Jonathan Franzen Is Having More Fun Than His CriticsPurity is the writer’s most limber, enjoyable novel yet.
A Tightrope Walk Over the AbyssKaren Russell talks to Helen Phillips about her weird, beautiful debut novel.