October 31, 2012 Swedish writer Karin Tidbeck's debut story collection, Jagannath, is suffused with the myths of her homeland — and the American oddities she picked up as a student here. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the stories are weird — but it's a good kind of weird.
October 23, 2012 Howard Jacobson's new novel, Zoo Time, is the comic tale of a frustrated writer, tormented by the women in his life and struggling to finish his novel in a disintegrating publishing industry. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book, sadly, is nowhere near as funny as it's trying to be.
October 16, 2012 Louise Erdrich's latest novel examines the way violence can give rise to violence, as a young Native American man pursues justice for his mother, who has been sexually assaulted. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book is one of Erdrich's best — keenly crafted and containing some wonderful set pieces.
September 26, 2012 When aspiring Broadway actress Catherine and World War II vet Harry first lock eyes on the Staten Island Ferry, everything changes — but their lives together won't be easy. Mark Helprin delivers an old-fashioned love story, and an ode to 1940s New York, in his novel In Sunlight and in Shadow.
September 20, 2012 Author Kij Johnson's first short story collection mixes straightforward realism with lyrical science fiction and fantasy. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the stories bring to mind the work of Ursula Le Guin, and have the power to highlight the marvelous aspects of everyday life.
September 18, 2012 Author Shani Boianjiu's debut novel draws on her own military experience to tell the story of three young women in the Israel Defense Forces. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book has a refreshing frankness that's initially very appealing — but its episodic nature wears thin after a while.