Kelly Reichardt teams up with writer Jon Raymond once again and plunges us into the dark side of the American dream, except the stakes in this story are considerably higher: it’s set on the Oregon Trail in 1845.
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In C, his newest novel, Tom McCarthy proposes a state of being that revolves many parts around an unusual temporal whole and, once again, circumvents the conventions of 19th-century realism. Writer David Varno delves in.
Despite publishing work in Poetry in his mid-twenties, despite hanging at Rexroth’s anarcho-art salons on Portero Hill, Writing the Silences is only Richard O. Moore’s second book, decades of poems—a lifetime of poems—pared into one stark collection. Bomblog’s Peter Moysaenko reviews.
A man confesses an old affair to his son, catches a flu, then dies. A mother mistakes her child’s first word for an expression of pain, and smothers him in blankets until he is “sweating like a stuck pig.” In Czech author Patrik Ouředník’s Case Closed, language can be deadly. Claire Wilcox investigates.
Editor Zsuzi Gartner pulls a lovely trick with this collection of dystopian fiction from a stable of writers of serious literary stock. BOMBlog’s Justin McNeil reviews their take on that dirty bastard category, genre writing.
Jake Silverstein’s Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction is a hilarious and engrossing new book that lives up to its title, blending journalism and invention. Absorbed in the book’s infectious narrative, you forget about the fact/fiction framework and simply revel in the half-true tale of Silverstein’s preposterous efforts to find material for a magazine article.
Teddy Wayne’s first novel, which involves a Middle Eastern computer programmer’s move to New York City in the days before 9/11, is a work that is ripe with beauty and potential. Salvatore Pane deconstructs the superstructure.
Lady Caroline Blackwood may be best remembered for her marriages to painter Lucian Freud and poet Robert Lowell, but it is her career as a writer and critic that deserves our attention. Counterpoint’s expertly curated collection of her short stories and essays re-introduce readers to her strange and biting wit.
“The people waiting in Grushin’s line walk a gray path between abject despair and a brilliant, if not naive, sense of hope.” B.C. Edwards parses the existential allegory of Olga Grushin’s new novel The Line.
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