Category Archives: fiction

More by Jami Attenberg

The excellent Jami Attenberg, whose book “The Middlesteins” I wrote about here has a new book out, “All Grown Up“. It’s gotten good reviews from The Washington Post and The New York Times. “The Middlesteins” is, as you may have … Continue reading

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Loser. Oops, loner.

Teddy Wayne, you sure do know how to master creepy. Is Loner a gothic, this novel about a lonely Harvard boy from New Jersey who becomes obsessed with an immeasurably more sophisticated fellow student? Which descends into a tale of stalking … Continue reading

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Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison’s wonderful novels are all set in Washington State. I’ve previously read The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (see his Amazon author page for the story behind the story; it’s terribly sad.) I’m now reading This is Your Life, Harriet Chance, a character … Continue reading

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Booksale

The take from a recent book sale at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Maybe I’ve read the Jhumpa Lahiri or parts of it already. Been known to happen. After having a love-hate relationship with Augusten Burroughs’ books (“This is … Continue reading

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Middlestein-ing

I say “Middlestein-ing” because my husband’s family has certain highly neurotic behaviors that the younger generation have made into a verb, as in “They were …..-ing out so bad!” Try this with any family name. It works because every family … Continue reading

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Oddball narrators

One of these novels is narrated by a woman in a coma; the other, an unborn baby, child of warring parents. Meet “romance” and “anti-romance”. “Nutshell” is McEwan’s 16th book and “Je Suis La” is Avit’s first book, so it’s unsurprising … Continue reading

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Little Nothing

“Little Nothing” is the latest from Marisa Silver. I’d only read a collection of short stories (“Babe in Paradise”) by her before. The novel follows Pavla, a shape-shifting girl (then woman, then wolf…thus the shape-shifting) and Danilo, her would-be lover; … Continue reading

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