A Reading Life

Who Killed Piet Barol?

A READING LIFE

Who Killed Piet Barol?

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Richard Mason's new novel is a tragicomedy of greed and its consequences, set in South Africa as the colonial era comes to a close. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Selection Day

FICTION

Selection Day

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The author of "The White Tiger" returns with a novel that looks at contemporary India through the lens of an obsession with sport. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
Reading as Respite: A Critic’s Picks in 2016

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Reading as Respite: A Critic’s Picks in 2016

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A critic's look back at a year in reading -- with an eye to the books that came as a refuge. By Katherine A. Powers.
Conclave

A READING LIFE

Conclave

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The author of the inventive thrillers "An Officer and a Spy" and "Pompeii" takes his talent for intrigue to the imagined inner workings of a Papal election. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Hero of the Empire

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Hero of the Empire

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At the turn of the twentieth century, an ambitious young Briton named Winston Churchill set off to war in Africa. Candice Millard tells the story of his capture and unlikely escape. Review by...
Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

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Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

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A new biography by Philip Eade seeks to use newly available documents to reopen questions about the writer's love life and wartime exploits. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Mercury

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Mercury

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In Margot Livesey's new novel, clarity of vision proves elusive, even with corrective lenses. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
The Glorious Heresies

A READING LIFE

The Glorious Heresies

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In Lisa McInerney's debut novel, pervasive crime and official cruelty are the default conditions of life in an Irish city.
Missing, Presumed

A READING LIFE

Missing, Presumed

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The search for a young woman of privilege provides the plot, but Susie Steiner's damaged and wary detective Manon Bradshaw is the heart of this novel. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
The House of Hidden Mothers

A READING LIFE

The House of Hidden Mothers

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In Meera Syal's novel, a couple's hope to have a child leads them to international surrogacy, and a host of complications. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
The Romanovs

ROYALTY

The Romanovs

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Simon Sebag Montefiore's group portrait of Russia's long-reigning dynasty captures a family whose crowned heads included both despots and disasters. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
The Sport of Kings

A READING LIFE

The Sport of Kings

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C.E. Morgan's epic of a Kentucky horseracing clan traces the legacy of slavery and violence across generations -- and exults in the power of language. Review by Katherine A. Powers.