Reviewer: CR

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Books October 14, 2017


If it’s possible to write richly about a very bleak place, Jeremy Chambers has done it in this book about the Australian suburb, a place “not really known for anything: people lived here, but that was all”. Suburbia, Chambers’ second …

Books September 30, 2017

Manhattan Beach

However differently Jennifer Egan writes from book to book, there’s a quality she transports between genres and styles, whether in her coming-of-age drama The Invisible Circus, her twisty Gothic genre spin The Keep, or her novel-in-stories …

Books August 05, 2017

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

This is the third novel in translation from Eka Kurniawan, an Indonesian wunderkind whose Beauty Is a Wound was an unlikely smash in 2015 and was followed the same year by Man Tiger, which made the Man Booker International Prize longlist …

Books July 29, 2017

Blind Spot

A sixth of the way into this book of photographs by Teju Cole, the author includes a picture of a rubbly street in Lagos. The accompanying text, though, discusses the art of American painter Cy Twombly, which interests him, he tells us, for its use of …

Books June 24, 2017

No More Boats

Although this novel opens with the disappearance of Harold Holt and ends with the collapse of the Twin Towers, most of it is focused on a brief, important moment that feels both distant from the present day and uncomfortably close. No More Boats

Books June 17, 2017

Gravity Well

Gravity Well is about Lotte and Eve, two intelligent women who start out as friends and whose relationship, over time, develops into something harsher, deeper and odder, as they both swerve between a number of diverging plans and desires. It’s …

Books June 03, 2017


In 2007 Inga Simpson, not yet a successful novelist, is stuck on a wearying conference call when she first sees the cedar cottage that will change her life. It sits in a misty forest and is up for sale. Simpson and her partner, a writer known here as …

Books May 06, 2017

Disappearing Off the Face of the Earth

This second novel from David Cohen, a well-regarded short-fiction author, concerns Ken, whose narration seems deliberately bland; he’s a bit of a no-hoper but one competent enough to have opened a depressing self-storage facility in a desolate part …

Books April 15, 2017

The Impossible Fortress

The Impossible Fortress, the fiction debut from Jason Rekulak, also a publisher, is the first-person story of Billy, a smart, nice-natured and befuddleable 14-year-old living in “the Armpit of New Jersey”.  The late-’80s world of Billy …