Sarah Manguso’s Searching Novel of Sexual Abuse
In “Very Cold People,” the writer uses her unique, omissive style to capture a repressed New England town.
February 8, 2022
A New Translation Brings “Arabian Nights” Home
In their annotated edition, Yasmine Seale and Paulo Lemos Horta rescue the virtues obscured by centuries of adaptation.
January 24, 2022
The Genius of Toni Morrison’s Only Short Story
In the extraordinary “Recitatif,” Morrison withholds crucial details of racial identity, making the reader the subject of her experiment.
January 23, 2022
Learning to Love the Bear That Attacked You
In a new memoir, the anthropologist Nastassja Martin writes about her strange bond with the animal that maimed her.
December 3, 2021
When Mom Takes Over Your Life—and Your Novel
Violaine Huisman’s enthralling family history, “The Book of Mother,” enacts a power struggle between a manic-depressive mom and her narrator daughter.
November 17, 2021
Louise Erdrich’s Spectral Novel of the Moment
In “The Sentence,” Erdrich takes on COVID-19, the George Floyd protests, the effects of incarceration, and a haunted bookstore.
November 10, 2021
The Book That Taught Me What Translation Was
In its attention to substitution, Domenico Starnone’s “Trust” embodies the joy of moving words from one language to another.
November 6, 2021
Claire Vaye Watkins’s Anti-Pandering Novel
In “I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness,” the writer rejects the clichés of motherhood literature—and of her own work.
October 28, 2021
Edith Wharton’s Bewitching Long-Lost Ghost Stories
A reissued collection, long out of print, revives the author’s masterly stories of horror and unease.
October 24, 2021
Mourning What You Were Never Fond Of
R. Kikuo Johnson portrays a family coping with grief and loss on the lush island of Maui.
October 21, 2021