An eclectic round-up of our favorite books of the year from our critics.
Virginie Despentes novel reads like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia mashed with Don Quixote and set in contemporary Paris.
As a River is a sensuously and smoothly written book, a heartfelt meditation on what divides us from each other and from love.
We Are All Good People Here is an enormously insightful examination of how dangerous suggestible people can be, to those around them and to themselves.
The Bird King is an utterly lovely reading experience.
The Western Wind turns out to be a beautifully written novel, a serious book of great depth, intention, and craft.
Everything about Schumacher’s story indicates that clichés about the ’50s are so powerful because things really were that way: repressive, poisonous, full of unspoken secrets and blustering ignorance.
The twelve stories in this collection are set in radically different places, use multiple forms, and reflect varying levels of political engagement.
Summer Cannibals’ main virtue is its keen transmission of psychological warfare in families.
Rupert Thomson’s Never Anyone But You is a quiet, expert, and inestimably engaging novel.