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January 01, 1990 - May 18, 2013 + Bookworm
Michael Ondaatje's novels come together through obsession and intuition. He works in the dark, not knowing where he is heading, juxtaposing disparate materials, noticing echoes and recurrences.
Their Dogs Came with Them (Atria) Helena Maria Viramontes has written about L.A.-based Latino culture before -- but who could have expected this epic work about...
A Man without a Country (7 Stories)The late Kurt Vonnegut has been astonishing us sincethe 1960's. Here, in the rebroadcast of a 2006 interview, he speaks...
The Almost Moon (Little Brown)Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) gives a sneak preview of her new novel, coming out this fall...
The Unknown Terrorist (Grove) Richard Flanagan felt that his last novel, Gould's Book of Fish, widely acclaimed a masterpiece, had burnt him out. Here, he discusses the things...
The Pesthouse (Doubleday) Jim Crace makes lies masquerade as truth in this post-apocalyptic tale of toxified America.
You Don't Love Me Yet (Doubleday) The pleasures of the lightweight and the free-spirited.
The Inheritance of Loss (Grove) Booker Prize-winner Kiran Desai says she prefers "messiness" to perfection--it's more human, and it fits her subject better.
Can a novelist uncover a secret?
Haunted House (Ashbery); Prose Poems (Padgett) (both from Black Square Editions) The haunted, lonely prose-poetry of Pierre Reverdy has attracted many translators. Two of America's most extraordinary...
Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Lydia Davis writes elegant prose pieces in which basic confusions are described with authority and clarity.
Everybody Loves Somebody (Back Bay Books)Joanna Scott claims her collection of stories is a history of love, from World War I to the present.
The Gravedigger’s Daughter (Ecco) Oates's most autobiographical novel and the culmination of her career-long themes and obsessions.
A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer (Harcourt) Prose impressionist Christine Schutt describes the painstaking intensity that allows her to perfect her cadences and the...
Christine Falls (Holt) Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville has written the first in a series of thrillers, and he's even taken on an alias or, at...