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The One Book You Need To Read To Understand The Plight Of Refugees

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.21.2017 | Arts

The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s fiction follow-up to his acclaimed debut novel, The Sympathizer, would be critically praised at any historical mom...

A Marriage Unravels In This Thrilling Domestic Noir

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.08.2017 | Arts

When the nameless narrator of Katie Kitamura’s smart, spare book A Separation finds out that her husband is missing, she’s relatively nonplussed. ...

When Humans Are Homesick For A Nonexistent World, Nothing Good Happens

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.03.2017 | Arts

The protagonist of “Malibu,” the third short story in Ottessa Moshfegh’s new collection, spends his time making up job applications so he can co...

You’ll Want To Read This Scorching Satire Of 'American Values'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.24.2017 | Arts

SUVs, red meat, Jesus. If a dissenter’s view of Middle America were turned into a Bingo card, Kate Zambreno’s debut novel O Fallen Angel ― recen...

Dark New Book Shows The Grim Reality Of Resisting Oppression

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.20.2017 | Arts

In December, South Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached by the National Assembly and stripped of her executive powers. Park, the daughter of f...

Chilling Book About Parental Love Is A Ghost Story For The Modern Age

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.12.2017 | Arts

Imagine: You’re on vacation. A retreat to a small town. You’re hoping to lounge around, and maybe go swimming with your daughter, an energetic you...

What Does A Literary Novel For The True Crime Era Look Like?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.04.2017 | Arts

Twenty years ago, JonBenét Ramsey, 6-year-old daughter of a wealthy Colorado family, was murdered. Three months ago, CBS aired a documentary special ...

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.06.2016 | Arts

Each year, when best-of lists start popping up all over promptly on Dec. 1, it feels too soon. Really? We’re saying goodbye to the year already? It...

New Book Asks Questions About Race & Gender We're Still Trying To Answer

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.02.2016 | Arts

The title of Kathleen Collins’ posthumous debut short fiction collection holds a tragic timeliness: Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Collins, ...

A Woman Stands Up To Her Bully In Gripping New Novel

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.25.2016 | Arts

No one at Chizuru Akitani’s school saw it coming. Quiet, bookish, the butt of bully jokes, her coping mechanisms were the usual methods of disenfran...

The Personal And Political Are At Odds In Zadie Smith's New Novel

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.19.2016 | Arts

Zadie Smith writes novels about the people and themes that seem particularly freighted with political baggage these days: immigrants, multiracial fami...

What Happens When We Repress Sexual Desires? (Spoiler: It’s Not Great)

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.04.2016 | Arts

Sheila was waiting until marriage. Raised by parents who speak parabolically about good and evil (“Emptiness begets emptiness,” her father says, t...

Margaret Atwood's New Book Is A Shakespearian Adaptation All About Revenge

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.31.2016 | Arts

The latest of Hogarth’s retellings of Shakespearean plays by eminent authors is a match made in dystopian heaven. (If such a thing could exist.) Mar...

Should We Value Friend Love More Than Romantic Love?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts

Leah does not like to fight. In fact, not fighting is one of the few firm stances she’s able to take in Marcy Dermansky’s new novel The Red Car, a...

To Understand The Experience Of Immigrants In America, Read This Book

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.15.2016 | Arts

The opening line of Vanessa Hua’s debut collection is so bold in its address, it almost feels like a direct question from her to the reader: “Perh...

The Perfect Mother Is A Myth In This Coming-Of-Age Story

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.06.2016 | Arts

At 17, Nadia Turner and Aubrey Evans worried about the usual teenage concerns: which Kanye West song to put on, which tight-fitting dress to wear out,...

Dream-Like Novel Lays Bare The Emotional Fall-Out Of Child Abuse

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.01.2016 | Arts

Not often does a novel so expertly seduce its readers into an alternate state of consciousness that it mimics an actual dream state, where everything ...

A Modern-Day Fairy Tale That Works To Make Sense Of War

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.06.2016 | Arts

“We make up the sense of things after they happen,” a character in Marisa Silver’s new novel, Little Nothing, says. “We tell stories. This hap...

Read This New Book To Grasp The Brutal Reality Of Chinese-American History

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.19.2016 | Arts

The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies’ second novel, reads like a very unusual hybrid between a novel and a short story collection. It’s written in four l...

This Forgotten Book From The '70s Is Your New Feminist Manifesto

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.28.2016 | Arts

When her flavor of the month, a man she likens to a Greek god, marvels at her voluptuousness, Eve Babitz dismisses him confidently, but not unkindly. ...

Why White Americans Fail To Reckon With The Truth Of Slavery

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.20.2016 | Arts

“12 Years a Slave”; the remake of “Roots”; “Django Unchained”; “Birth of a Nation” and the upcoming TV series “Underground.” As a...

How Does A 20-Something Virgin Go About 'Losing' Her V-Card?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.09.2016 | Arts

It’s generally taken as a given that young men want to shed their V-cards as soon as humanly possible. Entire movies have been dedicated to the male...

The Problem With Standardized Tests Is Exposed In Playful New Book

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.29.2016 | Arts

This is not a test. In fact, Alejandro Zambra’s Multiple Choice is a critique of test-taking, and the reductive practice of choosing a single answer...

Tiny Stories About The Vast Universe Will Fill Your Heart With Wonder

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

The title of Joy Williams’ latest short story collection ― Ninety-Nine Stories of God ― is not just a pretty phrase. It is, like Williams’ wri...

This Novel About Heroin Addiction Takes Readers Inside The Cycle

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

Maya, the protagonist of Jade Sharma’s debut novel Problems, has problems. A heroin problem. A self-esteem problem. A problem getting to her dead-en...