Book Review

Forest Dark: A Novel

By Nicole Krauss

This ambitious meditation on spiritual transcendence and self-reflection hits all the right notes.

Book Review

Gravel Heart: A Novel

By Abdulrazak Gurnah

This international family drama unsettles readers with themes of political strife, homelessness, and inner turmoil.

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Autopsy of a Father: A Novel

By Pascale Kramer; translated by Robert Bononno

This complex story of a troubled family becomes a metaphor for the racial and cultural tensions plaguing contemporary France.

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Intricately linked stories tell of damage and redemption in a small Midwestern town.

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The Idiot: A Novel

By Elif Batuman

This coming-of-age story for the post-Internet era offers insights into the changing nature of modern intimacy — or lack thereof.

Book Review

Judas: A Novel

By Amos Oz

A thoughtful and grand meditation on Judaism, Jesus, and treachery set during a bleak winter in Jerusalem. 

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A Mayan woman adapts to the changing times in this well-researched novel set in post-civil-war Guatemala.

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The Heart Goes Last

By Margaret Atwood

This powerhouse of a novel is stuffed with ideas on economic hardship, sex, the surveillance state, and much, much more.