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The long, dark shadow of literary fame
In “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” Julianna Baggott explores the fallout of phenomenal success.
With ‘Purity,’ Jonathan Franzen tackles the Web, mothers, the truth
(The Washington Post, August 18, 2015; 3:24 PM)
‘Fortune Smiles’ review: Masterful stories from a 2013 Pulitzer winner
(The Washington Post, August 11, 2015; 4:59 PM)
‘Days of Awe’ review: A novel of grief and humor
(The Washington Post, August 4, 2015; 6:11 PM)
‘No. 4 Imperial Lane’: A powerful elegy for lost love and lost empire
(The Washington Post, July 28, 2015; 5:39 PM)
‘Crooked’ review: Nixon narrates his story in this comic alt-history
(The Washington Post, July 21, 2015; 2:50 PM)
Set in the Space Race era, ‘The Last Pilot’ is nostalgic and heart-rending
(The Washington Post, July 7, 2015; 9:20 PM)
‘Secessia’ is Kent Wascom’s vivid portrait of 1862 New Orleans
(The Washington Post, June 30, 2015; 3:53 PM)
‘The Unfortunates’ evokes a modern-day Edith Wharton novel
(The Washington Post, June 16, 2015; 9:42 PM)
‘The Nakeds’: A young, broken girl and her nudist family
(The Washington Post, June 9, 2015; 9:13 PM)
In ‘The Sunken Cathedral,’ Kate Walbert evokes Virginia Woolf
(The Washington Post, June 2, 2015; 5:06 PM)
‘The Making of Zombie Wars’ goes beyond the undead
(The Washington Post, May 26, 2015; 5:42 PM)
Kent Haruf’s posthumous novel offers a tender look at love in the twilight
(The Washington Post, May 19, 2015; 5:10 PM)
‘Mislaid’: Nell Zink’s subversive novel takes on racism and sexuality
(The Washington Post, May 12, 2015; 6:07 PM)
Anne Enright draws a rich, Irish family saga in ‘The Green Road’
(The Washington Post, May 5, 2015; 9:28 PM)
‘The Book of Aron,’ by Jim Shepard, is a masterpiece
(The Washington Post, April 28, 2015; 4:51 PM)
The world has a really bad hair day in ‘The Blondes’
(The Washington Post, April 21, 2015; 4:38 PM)
Toni Morrison’s familiar, flawed ‘God Help the Child’
(The Washington Post, April 14, 2015; 3:06 PM)
‘The Sympathizer’: A cerebral thriller about Vietnam and its aftermath
(The Washington Post, March 31, 2015; 4:29 PM)
T.C. Boyle’s new novel takes us to America’s far-right edge
(The Washington Post, March 24, 2015; 8:53 PM)
Novel will make you think twice about those beautiful fruits at the store
(The Washington Post, March 17, 2015; 5:08 PM)
David Vann’s ‘Aquarium’ delves into the depths of mother-daughter tension
(The Washington Post, March 10, 2015; 9:53 PM)
The fur flies in Lynne Truss’s witty novel ‘Cat Out of Hell’
(The Washington Post, March 3, 2015; 7:38 PM)
The most unsettling, must-read novel this year: ‘Welcome to Braggsville’
(The Washington Post, February 17, 2015; 6:21 PM)
Review: ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ tugs at loose ends of a tight-knit American family
(The Washington Post, February 10, 2015; 5:51 PM)
Set in the 1960s, Nick Hornby’s new novel, ‘Funny Girl,’ traces the rise of a sitcom star
(The Washington Post, February 3, 2015; 9:28 PM)
Review: ‘We Are Pirates,’ a witty adult novel by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler
(The Washington Post, January 27, 2015; 5:59 PM)
Book review: ‘Black River’ paints a haunted Western landscape of rage, redemption
(The Washington Post, January 20, 2015; 6:29 PM)
Review: James Morrow’s satiric ‘Galápagos Regained’ takes on God and Darwin
(The Washington Post, January 13, 2015; 4:46 PM)
Book review: ‘Amnesia,’ Peter Carey’s novel about cybercrime
(The Washington Post, January 6, 2015; 5:16 PM)
Book review: ‘Against the Country,’ by Ben Metcalf
(The Washington Post, December 30, 2014; 6:45 PM)
Book review: ‘The Global War on Morris,’ a political satire by Congressman Steve Israel
(The Washington Post, December 23, 2014; 5:07 PM)
‘Happiest People in the World’: Just a madcap comic satire about Islamofascism
(The Washington Post, December 16, 2014; 5:43 PM)
Book review: ‘The Boston Girl,’ by Anita Diamant
(The Washington Post, December 9, 2014; 5:04 PM)
Book review: ‘How to Be Both,’ by Ali Smith
(The Washington Post, December 2, 2014; 5:15 PM)
Book review: ‘The Book of Strange New Things,’ by Michel Faber
(The Washington Post, November 25, 2014; 6:15 PM)
Book review: ‘A Map of Betrayal,’ by Ha Jin
(The Washington Post, November 18, 2014; 4:44 PM)
Book review: ‘All My Puny Sorrows,’ by Miriam Toews
(The Washington Post, November 10, 2014; 9:09 PM)
Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ wrestles with grand political, social themes
(The Washington Post, November 4, 2014; 5:15 PM)
‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets
(The Washington Post, October 21, 2014; 6:41 PM)
Book review: ‘J,’ by Howard Jacobson, is a chilling tale of our anti-Semitic future
(The Washington Post, October 14, 2014; 9:02 PM)
Colm Tóibín’s ‘Nora Webster’: A masterful portrait of a grieving woman finding herself
(The Washington Post, October 7, 2014; 10:48 PM)
Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila:’ an exquisite novel of spiritual redemption and love
(The Washington Post, September 30, 2014; 5:45 PM)
In Hunt’s ‘Neverhome,’ natural poetry from a young wife who fights for the Union
(The Washington Post, September 23, 2014; 6:03 PM)
Review: ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing,’ by Eimear McBride
(The Washington Post, September 16, 2014; 4:16 PM)
In Joseph O’Neill’s ‘The Dog,’ a depressed lawyer in Dubai won’t stop talking
(The Washington Post, September 9, 2014; 5:37 PM)
Review: ‘The Children Act,’ by Ian McEwan puts beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial
(The Washington Post, September 2, 2014; 5:18 PM)
Review: ‘The Bone Clocks,’ by David Mitchell
(The Washington Post, August 26, 2014; 6:49 PM)
Review: ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North,’ by Richard Flanagan
(The Washington Post, August 19, 2014; 5:46 PM)
Review: ‘Before, During, After,’ by Richard Bausch
(The Washington Post, August 12, 2014; 5:10 PM)