Jay McInerney’s characters may live on exotic mixed drinks and fine wines, but they still suffer moral dilemmas and have consciences they cannot silence.
My biggest gripe is with a central tenet of Jonathan Franzen’s fiction: communication between generations is impossible.
One of the hardest things to do as a writer of contemporary fiction is to create characters who are good.
Lila is an ambitious book that is deeply flawed and not nearly in the same class as Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead.
The Emerald Light in the Air is important reading for those interested in the state of the American short story, or of American fiction in general.