Review: The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick

The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick Published 2018 by Pantheon $25.95 hardcover ISBN 978-1101871096 By Noah Sanders Grief is an unpredictable thing. In the throes of sadness—over death, divorce, the end of anything really—we are, as humans, quite capable of anything. Sure, we’ve tried to place the abstract concept of grief within structured boundaries, to […]Read More

Review: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez Published February 2018 by Riverhead Books $25.00 Hardcover ISBN: 978-0735219441 By Wesley Cohen The Friend tells the story of an unnamed writer who inherits her best friend’s Great Dane after her friend has committed suicide, but it covers a lot more ground than that. The book’s triple epigraph should warn […]Read More

Review: Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck Published 2018 by Vintage $16.00 paperback ISBN 978-1101973974 By Noah Sanders You would imagine that a short story collection featuring a sentient bug-monster with a stomach full of secretion licking child-beasts would be defined as horror. You would also think a collection that features a man falling in love with a […]Read More

Review: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson Published 2018 by Random House $27.00 hardcover ISBN 978-0812988635 By Noah Sanders I’ll be frank: I don’t really know how to write about Denis Johnson’s posthumous collection of short stories. We are talking about one of the great American writers of all time; a dark, scathing, […]Read More

Review: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas Published 2018 by Little, Brown and Company $26.00 hardcover ISBN 978-0316434812 By Noah Sanders So much speculative fiction (née sci-fi) these days centers around a catastrophic change to the world we know. A humanity ending drought, a nuclear war, a shift in the balance of human/robot relations—a massive event that […]Read More

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