Author Archives: Teresa

The Whites

Just as I was getting started on The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt), I saw that the readers in the Tournament of Books group on Goodreads were mostly unimpressed with it, and my interest in it flagged a bit. I’m … Continue reading

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Carmen and Other Stories

I’ve been waffling for a couple of days about what I want to say about this collection of short stories by 19th-century author Prosper Mérimée (and translated from the French by Nicholas Jotcham). When I think back on the stories, … Continue reading

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The Tsar of Love and Techno

Anthony Marra’s exploration of (mostly) 20th-century Russia with the story of a painter charged with editing paintings, removing objectionable figures or adding important ones. His work spreads across Russia, and one painting in particular haunts Marra’s characters. It’s not much to … Continue reading

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Oh my goodness, Connie Willis knows how to make me laugh. To Say Nothing of the Dog is among the funniest books I’ve ever read, and Belwether is awfully funny, too. It also has me thinking about how we define science fiction. You … Continue reading

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Fran Ross’s novel Oreo is the most adventurous and original of the five books I’ve read for the Tournament of Books. Originally published in 1974, it never found much of an audience. Reissued last year, it feels entirely new. Oreo is the … Continue reading

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The Sympathizer

I first became aware of this debut novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen when Jenn recommended it in the comments of my review of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, which Nguyen has acknowledged as an influence. Like Ellison’s narrator, the narrator of The Sympathizer drifts from … Continue reading

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Masculinity in Breaking Bad

If you happened to see me in September 2013, you might have had a hard time escaping a conversation about Breaking Bad. I came to the show late, starting it not long before the final half of the final season aired and … Continue reading

Posted in Nonfiction, Short Stories/Essays | 4 Comments

So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood

Like a lot of Americans, I’d never heard of Patrick Modiano until he won the Nobel Prize in 2014. Learning that he wrote psychological thrillers, I was immediately curious as to what kind of thriller writing would get a Nobel, … Continue reading

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Slade House

Every nine years, someone walks through the small black iron door off Slade Alley to find themselves in the garden of Slade House, a house that’s not even visible from the alley. In 1979, it was little Nathan Bishop and … Continue reading

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The Buried Giant

One of the things I like about Kazuo Ishiguro’s books is that you can never be sure what to expect when you pick one up. In all of his books that I’ve read (The Remains of the Day, Never Let … Continue reading

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