The author of Big Little Lies on books that offer childlike wonder.
American stories: pastoral, fearsome, and profound.
By AMY BLOOM
The 1940s odyssey of two sisters is a tale of maternal abandonment, Hollywood fate, and fortune’s unpredictability. Review by Heller McAlpin.
By BOB STANLEY
A transatlantic view of pop music’s cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.
When a famous writer drafts intense portraits of those around him, his observations take on surreal results.
When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.
A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer’s least conventional beach read.
An iconoclast’s tale of timelines in flux proves one for the ages. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.
A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.
A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.
How the novel often called the greatest of all time nearly failed to see the light of day.
A tour through the world’s most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.
In an essay from his new book, Sean Wilsey finds the ghost of Dostoyevsky hiding in West Texas.