About the Author

Tom LeClair is the author of six novels and three critical books, including What to Read (and Not): Essays and Reviews, which includes many pieces first published in the Barnes and Noble Review.

Thus Bad Begins

FICTION

Thus Bad Begins

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The storyteller at the heart of the new novel from the author of "Infatuations" is as unreliable as they come -- and that, writes Tom Le Clair, is a good thing....
Reputations

FICTION

Reputations

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The events of a party for a Colombian political cartoonist and its aftermath through the decades provide the mystery at the heart of the "provocative" new novel from Juan Gabriel Vásquez....
An Abbreviated Life

MEMOIR

An Abbreviated Life

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Ariel Leve's memoir of her fraught relationship with her mother mirrors the chaos of her story with a fragmented style. Review by Tom LeClair....
The Throwback Special

FOOTBALL

The Throwback Special

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Chris Bachelder's new novel -- in which a group of men gather to re-enact a terrible moment in NFL history -- reminds us that fiction is just a game. Review by Tom LeClair....
Death and Life with Don DeLillo

FICTION

Death and Life with Don DeLillo

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Tom LeClair on Don DeLillo's ever-surprising career -- and his upcoming novel's face-off with mortality....
Family Matters: The 2015 NBA Fiction Finalists

AWARDS

Family Matters: The 2015 NBA Fiction Finalists

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Tom LeClair on the focus upon home in 2015's National Book Awards Finalists: stories of parents and children, spouses and siblings, curious adolescents and foggy seniors....
The Tsar of Love and Techno

FICTION

The Tsar of Love and Techno

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The author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" returns with a set of short stories that link to his award-winning debut. Review by Tom LeClair....
Book of Numbers

FICTION

Book of Numbers

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A novel of a tech maven and the ghost writer of his memoirs proves a work of skillful engineering....
Satin Island

FICTION

Satin Island

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An anthropologist's obsessive report brings him to the brink of a conspiracy - or is it just his paranoid mind at work?...
Shark

FICTION

Shark

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In a prequel to his novel Umbrella, the novelist follows his psychiatrist hero on a dive into war and its aftermath....
Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

Reviews & Essays

Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

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Looking for escape artists on this year's short list....
The Emerald Light in the Air

Reviews & Essays

The Emerald Light in the Air

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A novelist of the surreal finds his true calling: concise tales of loss, love, and liquor....

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