Dorothy Reno is a senior review editor and classic-books columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Some of her short fiction has been published in Canada and the United States. Dorothy has worked at an Indigenous healing center, the Canadian federal government, and two international think tanks. She currently lives in Hanoi, Vietnam, and previously spent three years in the country known as the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
71 entries by Dorothy Reno
The Path of the Jaguar: A Novel
By Stephen Henighan
A Mayan woman adapts to the changing times in this well-researched novel set in post-civil-war Guatemala.
Piranhas & Quicksand & Love: Stories
By Sally Shivnan
An outstanding collection of tales about the pitfalls and rewards of human connection.
Father’s Day: A Novel
By Simon Van Booy
A quiet, tender story of unlikely adoption and love’s triumph
Lust & Wonder: A Memoir
By Augusten Burroughs
The tell-all author is back with his signature humor (and lessons in love)
At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
By Sarah Bakewell
“In existentialism, there are no excuses. Freedom comes with total responsibility.”
The Crooked Heart of Mercy
By Billie Livingston
A Canadian novelist makes her American debut in this gem of a story about love, faith, and human failings.
The Blue between Sky and Water: A Novel
By Susan Abulhawa
A deeply felt, occasionally foul-mouthed tale about a Palestinian family navigating the birth of Israel.
The Language of Paradise
By Barbara Klein Moss
Faith and fanaticism mingle in this unique, challenging tale.
Know Your Beholder: A Novel
By Adam Rapp
Though exceedingly dark in places, this story ultimately trumpets the resilience of the human spirit.
Funny Girl: A Novel
By Nick Hornby
A working-class beauty queen takes on 1960s television in this funny, probing novel.
The First Bad Man: A Novel
By Miranda July
This stunning debut is a weirdo’s epic of unusual love, strange sex, and the search for happiness.
Let Me Be Frank With You
By Richard Ford
Frank Bascombe is back for a fourth turn, and he’s as cranky, introspective, judgmental, and wise as ever.
Reunion: A Novel
By Hannah Pittard
A woman learns that her estranged father has committed suicide and returns to her hometown to make sense of what's left in his wake.
By Brian Morton
A novel about a family on the verge of splitting apart because of secrets, frustrated ambition, and disparate needs.
Loretto Jones is a tough guy who finds himself falling into a life of organized crime with Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll. Yet Loretto has a soft side — especially for Gina Baronti. Can her love save him? Here, Ed Falco discusses his new novel, Toughs, based partly on events in the true-life story of gangster Coll.
Diary of the Fall: A Novel
By Michel Laub
A Jewish boy in Brazil struggles with the echoes of trauma.
Caught by the KGB, teenage Yulia is forced to use her psychic powers for evil to protect her family until she figures out her own path.
Three by Echenoz: Big Blondes, Piano, and Running
By Jean Echenoz
A trio of novels takes us into the abyss.
The Painter: A Novel
By Peter Heller
A good book about being bad.