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Books February 06, 2016

The Interpreter

Felix Bellamy is a domestically inclined Swiss bureaucrat with a healthy distrust of polyglots: “Languages are like toothbrushes: the only one you should put into your mouth is your own.” To his distaste, he is put in charge of the interpreters’ …

Books January 23, 2016

Girl Waits with Gun

Thirty-five-year-old Constance Kopp, the irresistibly straight-shooting narrator of Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits with Gun, is tall, strong, fearless and disinclined to domesticity. She shares a house in rural New Jersey with her sisters, Norma …

Books November 28, 2015

The Devil Is a Black Dog

Sándor Jászberényi writes world-weary prose that drinks heavily, dangles a cigarette from its lips and has a $5-a-day whore on its arm. It likes short sentences and doesn’t worry too much about literary niceties, such as avoiding repetition. (Or …

Books November 21, 2015

The Sympathizer

“The best kind of truth,” observes the narrator of The Sympathizer, “[is] the one that meant at least two things.” The illicit son of a young Vietnamese woman and a European priest, he is also a communist mole working for the General, …

Books November 14, 2015

Thirteen Ways of Looking

The words of Dublin-born writer Colum McCann sing with poetry. There’s poetry in the story of a day in the life of an elderly New York judge that ends in murder. There’s poetry in the story within a story of a homesick marine passing a New Year’s …

Books November 07, 2015

The Brain Electric

Our brains tell our hearts to beat and our lungs to expand. They co-ordinate the complex nerve and skeletal movements that allow us to climb the stairs or reach for a glass of water. We may imagine that our brains are primarily for thinking. Yet “at …

Books October 24, 2015

Death by Video Game

In Death by Video Game Simon Parkin quotes Scientific American warning about a type of game that is particularly dangerous on account of the obsessive practice necessary for proficiency; according to the magazine, it leaves players …

Books October 17, 2015

Spinster

Kate Bolick, growing up middle class on the east coast of the United States in the 1970s and ’80s, absorbed a particular truth: “You are born, you grow up, you become a wife.” Prone to long-term, heterosexual relationships, she nonetheless found …

Books September 19, 2015

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

“This is the story of a jinnia, a great princess of the jinn… who loved a mortal man long ago… and of her many descendants, and of her return to the world, after a long absence, to fall in love again, at least for a moment, and then to go to war.” …