“Everything about the Holocaust already seems so thoroughly unreal, as if it no longer belongs to the experience of our generation, but to mythology…”
The Golden family comes by its wealth, and accrues its menacing enemies, via long and labyrinthine subplots that are hard to follow.
Evidently, plain-spoken language plus doubt and apprehension equate to novels that, once opened, are very hard to put down.
Given the country’s current existential crisis, this genre-bending, ambitious-to-the-max debut novel about an uprising in Puerto Rico comes at the perfect time.
In no way does Sweetbitter succeed in doing what you are led to expect of it: to frame the post-9/11 zeitgeist.
You may have read similar earlier works, but Dominic Smith’s novel is in a class of its own.
Zero K will prove refreshing to Don DeLillo’s readers in that it’s a novel of faith — a concept that he’s always been skeptical of.
“Even in a terrain as epic and mythic and exotic as the Sahara, you cannot run away from the weight of your past.”
What’s most interesting about And Again is precisely what gets the least narrative attention.
This novel about Thomas Hardy becomes not only the story of an odd triangle, but also a meditation on the nature of art.