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Donna Rifkind's reviews appear frequently in The Washington Post Book World and the Los Angeles Times. She has also been a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, The American Scholar, and other publications. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle.

Remembering Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

IN MEMORIAM

Remembering Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

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Remembering the life and work of a giant of American letters, and her last novel, " the effort of a writer impatient to cast off every superfluity to expose the rage and sadness at its heart."
City on Fire

FICTION

City on Fire

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Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel mounts an epic of love, art, murder and punk rock in New York City's sweltering summer of '77. Review by Donna Rifkind.
Voices in the Night

SHORT STORIES

Voices in the Night

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In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.
Amnesia

FICTION

Amnesia

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A Booker Prize-winning author returns with a tale of cyber-fugitives on the run, mirroring the data and surveillance controversies of today's headlines.
A Map of Betrayal

FICTION

A Map of Betrayal

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The new novel from the author of Waiting is based on a true story of a Chinese mole among American spies.
Arts & Entertainments

Reviews & Essays

Arts & Entertainments

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A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.
Every Day Is for the Thief

Reviews & Essays

Every Day Is for the Thief

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A Nigerian expatriate returns to Lagos, with altered vision.

Night Film

Reviews & Essays

Night Film

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A New York reporter investigates a deceased beauty and her reclusive filmmaking father, in a story rich with modern details.

And the Mountains Echoed

Reviews & Essays

And the Mountains Echoed

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The author of The Kite Runner returns with a story of a family separated by war, still connected by hidden threads.

See Now Then

Reviews & Essays

See Now Then

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A family's domestic drama carries the magnitude of Greek myth.

Magnificence

Reviews & Essays

Magnificence

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A mansion-full of stuffed beasts provides a haunting setting for a novel of secrets and consequences.

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Reviews & Essays

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

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A star on the rise during Hollywood's Golden Age.