Some of our critics talk about the books that meant the most to them over the past year.
Laurent Binet’s entertaining detective yarn is set in the harum-scarum social scene of French literary theory, philosophy, and politics.
Iliazd is more interested in working through all the possible reasons that generate behavior rather than grappling with issues of morality.
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.
Bolivian author Liliana Colanzi delivers some risky, but important, messages in these enigmatic stories.
Colm Tóibín travels back to ancient Greece in House of Names, a vibrant retelling of the tragedy of the House of Atreus.
Rapture is a worthwhile curio that grapples, entertainingly, with Modernism’s artistic, structural, and revolutionary quandaries.
Alannah Hopkin demonstrates a near impeccable sense of craft, including a talent for coming up with surprises.
Sara Baume’s sophomore novel insists that we rethink the value of empathy: depend on it, yes, but also be suspicious.
These tales have an incendiary energy, but Osama Alomar handles his narrative explosives with restraint, wisdom, care, and precision.