Grimm Meets Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Each era has its own fairy tales to teach kids what a princess looks like and what monsters to fear. The stories in this stunning debut collection are ours.
Originality Is OverratedJennifer Egan’s first novel since Goon Squad is very conventional World War II historical fiction. It’s spectacular.
We Made Ta-Nehisi Coates Into a SymbolNow his new book forces us to consider him as a writer, nothing more and nothing less.
America the SupervillainSalman Rushdie’s new novel sets out to skewer our political landscape and ends up crushed by the weight of its own hyperbole.
Traumatized GhostsJesmyn Ward’s new novel is like a modern Beloved, with the cruelty of the criminal justice system swapped in for the torments of slavery.
Cutting ’Em Down to SizeA new dismantling of Freud shows the value of a critic’s well-honed hatchet.
Sour Heart Sets the “Model Minority” Myth on FireJenny Zhang’s debut is at once gorgeous and grotesque—and marks an auspicious beginning for Lena Dunham’s imprint.
If “The End of Men” Were a NovelTom Perrotta’s latest chronicle of suburban life feels less like a coherent story than an extended think piece about “the way we live now.”
Keep It Hot, Keep It RealMatthew Klam’s Who Is Rich? totally reinvigorates the literary cliché of the male midlife crisis.
Nowhere ManIn this extraordinary Korean comic, a cartoonist and his wife escape to the country, and everything goes wrong.
The Chickenshit ClubA new book indicts the Justice Department with a fiery passion. So why do its arguments feel so inert?
She Dined on Black PuddingA new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.
Bernie Sanders, King of YA LitHow did his latest political manifesto become a young adult best-seller?
Give Me Grant: An American MusicalWith his new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Ron Chernow turns the life of yet another misunderstood figure from U.S. currency into narrative gold.
Thanks, ObamaThis memoir by a former White House speechwriter (and joke writer) is irresistibly charming. It also feels like the setup for a grim cosmic punch line.
BFFsTwo new novels approach the pleasures and perils of female friendship in strikingly different ways.
Why Isn’t Hillary Clinton Even Angrier?In What Happened, Clinton takes on the obsessive demand that she assume responsibility for the 2016 election. But we can’t move on.
John Ashbery’s Convex MirrorYes, the poet’s work was difficult. But he was great because everyone found his work just as difficult as you did.
“I Had a Boss Who Interrupted Me Constantly to Say, ‘Gee, You Have Pretty Hair’ ”Ellen Ullman, who worked as a computer programmer in the ’70s and ’80s, on building a career within the “boy culture” of tech.
True Crime Gets PrettyOnce trashy and compelling, true crime is now the realm of credentialed literary writers. Is that an improvement?
Tell Me I’m InterestingSally Rooney’s debut novel is a remarkably charming exploration of that very uncharming subject: the human ego.
Exotic MinutiaeA new novel imagines the psychology of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murderer with vivid, obsessive historical detail.
How Reality CrumblesA timely and troubling new novel ranks among the best works of queer science fiction.
Famous Last WordsThree memoirs of mortality suggest that even for the terminally ill, universal truths are elusive.