The Ash Family is a full-color illustration of how the modern world leaves people vulnerable to radical ideas.
In Washington Black novelist Esi Edugyan has defied the cliché of the escaped slave discovering freedom.
The strength of The Mars Room is its compelling vision of the stultifying and claustrophobic underworld of women in prison.
The old questions, good as they are, are going to be augmented with new ones: Are we creating a world worth living in? Are we creating a world we can continue to live in?
Given what Olga Tokarczuk is curious about, it is not surprising that her book serves up its share of goofy humor.
Summer Cannibals’ main virtue is its keen transmission of psychological warfare in families.
Lost Empress’ ambition is admirable, and while the over-the-top style gets away from itself, it’s lively and sometimes entertaining.
Rupert Thomson’s Never Anyone But You is a quiet, expert, and inestimably engaging novel.
Blown is a short and engrossing mystery novel that also stands as a morality play, an ethical fable that suggests that our own selves are perhaps the greatest mystery of all.
So Lucky is a tough, accomplished novel, a book that readers didn’t know they needed.