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The Only Story by Julian Barnes
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Bailed after 200 pages. It’s so grim and so boring! Barnes intentionally eschews showing—this novel is mostly telling. Ruminating, really. There’s a lot of thinking about the nature of memory, and the truth about love. For a while it seems like a pos ...more
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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author)
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Wait, this is supposed to be good? It reads like subpar YA. I'm 39 pages in and all I've found so far is stock characters and sloppy writing (the same car "putters" down a road twice in the span of two pages). Ng uses a Liane Moriarty-style setup—the ...more
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The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne
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An antihero's life spirals out of control: he half-cheats on his wife, is publicly shamed during a riot, loses his job, and so on. This is a very funny novel, and often moving—Dunthorne is particularly good on the subject of new fatherhood. It's a li ...more
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Chasing Hillary by Amy Chozick
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Addictive. Full of crunchy details that bring scenes alive. Also full of revelations--or what came as revelations to me, maybe because I'm painfully naive. For example:
- NYTimes reporters are real people! They're insecure, they worry about their fri
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The Catherine Wheel by Jean Stafford
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A 12-year-old boy, Andrew, pines for his friend, who’s ignoring him to hang out with his older brother. Meanwhile his beautiful and virginal middle-aged cousin, Katherine, struggles to resist the advances of the now-married man she used to love. Both ...more
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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
The Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks (Goodreads Author)
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Props for the one big twist that ends Part 1. Polite applause for the wealth of tactile details that allow you to imagine scenes clearly. Jeers for everything else, especially the paper-flat characters, who have nothing in common with real people but ...more
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Summer by Edith Wharton
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One of those novels that make you wonder why you bother to read any modern fiction, partly because this novel itself is so modern, it feels like a hot take on #metoo. It’s about falling in love with a dick; the extent to which you can and can’t escap ...more
Please Excuse My Daughter by Julie Klam
"This book got off to a good start--a promising premise and a pretty funny voice. The author's journey towards self-awareness and greater self-reliance is frustrating, though: As much as she realizes her character flaws (which she makes clear are m..." Read more of this review »
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Never Can Say Goodbye by Sari Botton
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Rosanne Cash is a fantastic writer! Maybe everyone already knew this and I'm the last one to figure it out. Philip Lopate's essay for this collection is great; so is Nick Flynn's and Adelle Waldman's and Owen King's.
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