Sam Lipsyte’s latest novel does a bang-up job of capturing the edgy and zany milieu of the early ’90s.
An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics.
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When did we last see a novel of such stimulating complexity that’s so downright hopeful too?
You come away from this volume of short stories thinking that sure, Maggie Shipstead does write what she knows — it’s just that she may know everything.
You will have to be up for this short story collection ; you will learn a lot about a corner of the world that’s rarely captured, and is done so here exceptionally well.
This is an immensely complex, deeply atmospheric story of the working class, of immigrants with global origins, many who are descendants of early settlers.
Here’s to Heather and Bill, and this lively saga…
From the pandemic’s beginning, Charles Finch uses the crisis as a nearly daily backdrop for musings on all sorts. The results are at once cathartic, frightening, exasperating, and often hilarious.
Thomas Grattan, a New Yorker with German roots, displays an observant eye and a way with dialogue in his first novel.