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Sarah L. Courteau is an essayist and critic who has written for The New York Times, The Wilson Quarterly, and The Oxford American, among other publications. She is at work on a novel about a murder committed by four brothers in the rural Ozarks.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

FICTION

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

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A young woman takes a novel approach to an alienated world in a daring new novel from the author of "Eileen."
My Absolute Darling

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My Absolute Darling

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Gabriel Tallent's thriller -- in which a resourceful teenage girl tries to survive the grip of her violent, charismatic father -- matches lyrical prose to a page-turning story....
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

FOOD

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

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Consider, says Michael Ruhlman, the most compelling evidence of a civilization's evolutionary leap: the supermarket....
White Tears

FICTION

White Tears

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In the new novel from the author of "Gods Without Men" and "My Revolutions," the attempt to fabricate a work of art sets off a voyage into the darkness of American history.
Homesick for Another World

SHORT STORIES

Homesick for Another World

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In her novel "Eileen" and in a new set of short stories, Otessa Moshfegh creates narratives that feel "ike dark rooms in which someone has briefly turned on a light." Review by Sarah L. Courteau.
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

MYSTERY

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

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Graeme Macrae Burnet's Booker-shortlisted crime story leaves behind the question of "whodunit" for deeper mysteries. Review by Sarah L. Courteau.
Gold Fame Citrus

FICTION

Gold Fame Citrus

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The future is thirsty in this novel of an attempted escape from a drought-ravaged California. Review by Sarah L. Courteau.
NW

Reviews & Essays

NW

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The novelist maps a twenty-first century city through the lives of four of its natives.

The Dog Stars

Reviews & Essays

The Dog Stars

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After a mysterious flu wipes out most of the U.S. population, a man and his canine companion struggle to survive.

Home

Reviews & Essays

Home

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The Nobel laureate's new novel addresses familiar themes in the story of a soldier's homecoming.

Lost Memory of Skin

Reviews & Essays

Lost Memory of Skin

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The author of The Sweet Hereafter and Cloudsplitter tells the story of an American outcast.

You Think That’s Bad

Reviews & Essays

You Think That’s Bad

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Tales that travel aroundthe globe and into the depths of the heart.