August 25, 2008 Natsuo Kirino's Out focuses four plucky women who support each other during times of crisis. A formulaic premise? Sure, if these were Manhattanites pining over shoes rather than assembly-line workers dealing with death and dismemberment.
August 25, 2008 The Last Embrace works as literary film noir: There are bombshell babes, unsavory gangsters, and — of course — a grisly murder.
August 11, 2008 Equal parts thriller, travelogue and literary puzzle, Hotel Crystal is The Bourne Identity by way of Borges.
August 4, 2008 In The Book of Chameleons, a gecko narrator weaves fragmentary tales of invented pasts into a story of charming airiness. The prize-winning Portuguese novel is set in post-civil war Angola.
July 31, 2008 Even the bard wasn't as bawdy or silly as drug-addled scholar "Willie" Shakespeare Greenberg, the fumbling protagonist of Jess Winfield's lovingly naughty academic picaresque, My Name Is Will.
July 29, 2008 For her new short-story collection, Lara Vapnyar revisits New York's Brighton Beach and finds the link between food, memory, love and dreams of the future.
July 17, 2008 Americans don't buy a lot of foreign novels, but go to any neighborhood bookstore and you'll find whole shelves devoted to international comics. In fact, more than half of the graphic novels sold in the U.S. are foreign-language imports.
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July 15, 2008 Tim Winton's novel is a coming-of-age story imbued with a healthy dose of aesthetic mysticism. John Freeman says that there "won't be a better novel on surfing published anytime soon."
July 10, 2008 Kathryn Davis' novel The Thin Place captures the intimate moments that happen in a small town where miracles happen.
July 9, 2008 Rivka Galchen's debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances offers an inventive twist on the man-loves-woman, man-loses-woman convention.
July 3, 2008 Super-Folks deconstructs and reconstructs the superhero genre for adult readers.
July 3, 2008 The neuroses of superheros are analyzed through intensive therapy in Minister Faust's novel From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain.
July 3, 2008 Charles Yu's collection of short stories explores issues of identity and choice through empathetic characters like low-level superhero Moisture Man.
July 3, 2008 Notable screenwriter Perry Moore switches format for Hero, a novel about a gay adolescent who happens to be endowed with superpowers.
June 3, 2008 Alan Cheuse confesses his literary addiction — and offers reading suggestions for other book junkies.
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