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Johanna Thomas-Corr is a literary critic and a New Statesman contributing writer
Perhaps it's best to think of Summer as something other than a novel or, at least, a distinct subgenre of the novel. Fast fiction?
Midway through Jenny Kleeman’s entertaining survey of the latest advances in life sciences, I began to worry.
In this short novel, Lacey takes the idea of the passive protagonist to an extreme.
The questions that keep you reading are hypotheticals: will they wind up together? Will they make it to the White House – and, if so, in what order?
Stories of an “improbable gatekeeper”: a young female editor in an age of great male narcissists.
This novel based in fact spans the divide of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In his third novel, Thayil turns his attention to the “New India” of Hindu nationalism and high-rise luxury apartments.
Offill’s third novel zooms from the micro to the macro, taking the form of musings, jokes, trivia, confessions, facts, tick-box surveys, Q&As and snatches of memory.
Obioma’s second novel is a shaggy dog story about a hapless young poultry farmer.
There is a delicious irony in Coe taking aim at the past. The meta-joke of his fiction is that it cautions against nostalgia while simultaneously serving it up in great helpings.