Novels even twice its length are rarely as emotionally satisfying as “Foster” by Claire Keegan.
There are true stories, and then there are folktales. If both provide lessons or a different way of thinking, both deserve a place in our mind.
I started out the year with a couple of futuristic novels. In “Afterland” by Lauren Beukes, a deadly pandemic spreads around the world, killing only men. For unknown reasons, 12-year-old Miles was immune to the disease. The (all female) government, as well as greedy mercenaries, want to get …
“Afternoons with Harper Lee” is the personal account of the ten years of visits Alabama historian Wayne Flynt and his beloved wife Dartie — given name Dorothy — made to the iconic Harper Lee after Lee returned to her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., to spend her final years.
“The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man” is the insightful — sometimes ferociously honest — memoir of Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman, begun with the help of screenwriter (“Rebel Without a Cause”) and close friend Stewart Stern.
“Marple: Twelve New Stories” is a collection of freshly minted stories by a dozen contemporary women writers, a collection devised by the Agatha Christie estate.
"Shrines of Gaiety” is the new novel from Kate Atkinson, author of the bestselling “Life After Life.” It is expansive enough for its pleasures to be numerous.
“The Bullet That Missed” is the third of Richard Osman’s winning Thursday Murder Club mysteries, the series he began in the Fall of 2020, a series still going strong.
The subtitle of “Shy” by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green pretty much says it all. Alarming? At times. Outspoken? Always. And in the hands of the authors, that’s a very good thing.
Anyone with a penchant for New York City, classic films, antiquarian books, the art of writing, and hard-boiled-boiled detectives enmeshed in noir mysteries are going to immediately embrace “An Honest Living,” Dwyer Murphy’s debut novel.
It’s been a decade or so between the recent publication of “The Kingdoms of Savannah,” the new novel from George Dawes Green, and “Jackpot,” his previous one.
From Australia comes “Wake,” a gripping crime thriller from Shelley Burr. Anyone beginning this first novel had better immediately set aside more than enough time to reach its unsettling final pages.
“The It Girl” is the latest mystery from Ruth Ware, British author of six New York Times bestsellers, including “The Woman in Cabin 10” and “The Turn of the Key.”
“Companion Piece” turns out to be just that. It is Ali Smith’s witty, tender companion piece — for want of a better phrase — to her remarkable Seasonal Quartet.
“Love Marriage” is the new novel from Monica Ali, whose first novel, “Brick Lane,” was published in 2003 and subsequently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize that same year.
“The Midcoast” is the debut novel from Adam White. Initially, it seems a tightly-controlled crime thriller. Then it slowly reveals itself to be a restrained, contemporary take — in plot, structure and premise — on a classic American novel.
It’s going to be difficult to find a new book as idiosyncratic or impudent or winning or, in the final analysis, downright tender as “The Boys,” the debut novel from Katie Hafner.
“What Jonah Knew” is the first novel from Barbara Graham, author of the New York Times best seller “Eye of My Heart,” in which 27 authors comment on what it’s like to be a grandmother.