An unlikely marriage kicks off an exuberant satire on race and sexual identity, as well as a turn toward Shakespearean comedy.
Reviews & Essays
A personal history explains why our cosmic travel is waning, and how NASA’s “heroic era” and “shuttle era” differ.
A story of Croatia’s War of Independence “tries to make sense of what happens after a child survives the worst that life can throw at her.”
An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal.
In a new edition of a classic kitchen confidential, a culinary rebel holds numerous feet to the fire.
Two new poetry collections from a British hip-hop MC bring old gods to modern London.
In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.
The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.
A Booker Prize winner surveys his homeland with pithy humor, and an eye for what lives beneath the surface of “tidy lives.” Review by Anna Mundow.
Grace Bello on the making of an American family, and questions of gender raised in Nelson’s criticism and daring new memoir.
In his first short stories in a decade, the Pulitzer Prize finalist brings his trademark magic to ambitious characters on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Review by Mark Athitakis.
At age 91, a master physicist shares his wisdom, and the burning questions he still ponders.
The author has found dark humor in soccer, Lazarus, and his own immigrant experience. In his latest, “The Making of Zombie Wars”, Hemon turns to that mecca of tragicomedy: Hollywood.
The woman behind Harry Potter enters the growing field of commencement speeches-as-books. What does she want to teach us? Michelle Dean reports.
The early years of the novelist were marked by a confidence that he would take his place in the literary pantheon. Review by Michael O’Donnell.