Category Archives: Fiction

Klara and the Sun

Klara, the narrator of Kazuo Ishiguro’s newest novel, is a solar-powered artificial robot friend who, as the novel begins, spends her days in a store for AFs, waiting for some child to come along and choose her. Each model of … Continue reading

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No One Is Talking About This

For she had spent the last two years letting things sink in, and now . . . guess what, bitch! Further absorption was no longer possible! All day she drank in information, but no one was telling them the most … Continue reading

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The Seas

I used to consistently love books that kept me off balance, not quite sure what was real. That’s not so much the case lately. Just tell me a story. Still, I keep trying, hoping some weird story will capture my … Continue reading

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The Other Black Girl

Nella Rogers has been an editorial assistant and the only Black woman at the prestigious publishing house Wagner Books when a second Black woman named Hazel joins the team, also as an editorial assistant and in a cubicle right across … Continue reading

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Summerwater

This short novel by Sarah Moss is set in a park in Scotland where people can rent cabins or camp. It’s sort of shabby and run down, but people continue to come, sometimes year after year, to get away from … Continue reading

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One by One

I’m always on the lookout for mystery writers whose books are as consistently absorbing and well-written as Ruth Rendell’s, but mostly I don’t have much luck finding them. Ruth Ware had been on my radar for a while as someone … Continue reading

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The Ministry for the Future

To be clear, concluding in brief: there is enough for all. So there should be no more people living in poverty. And there should be no more billionaires. Enough should be a human right, a floor below which no one … Continue reading

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Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray has been on my list since way back in 2011, when it was eliminated from the first round of the Tournament of Books, resulting in much wailing and gnashing of teeth from TOB followers who loved … Continue reading

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Long Bright River

This book by Lorrie Moore offers exactly what I want in a crime novel. It’s thoughtful about crime and policing, it offers complicated characters, it’s well-paced and suspenseful, it takes some pleasing twists and turns, and it is generally a … Continue reading

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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park seems to be the Jane Austen novel that people don’t like much, and its heroine, Fanny Price, the heroine people don’t care much about (if they don’t actively dislike her). I have never considered it a favorite (that would … Continue reading

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