June 14, 2012 What happens when an expendable starship crewman realizes he's expendable? John Scalzi's new Redshirts is a meta-narrative about outsmarting Narrative itself, and a multilayered love letter to fans of classic science fiction.
June 13, 2012 In Mark Haddon's new book, two estranged siblings — and their disjointed families — share a holiday just after their mother's funeral. There's tension and tenderness, but the novel's several perspectives result in the literary equivalent of a dropped cellphone call.
June 12, 2012 In his latest novel, Mission to Paris, Furst returns to a Europe on the brink of war. Hollywood star Fredric Stahl gets mixed up with a host of unsavory characters while making a movie in France in 1938. It's historical fiction at its best.
June 11, 2012 Summer is a trying time for introverts, what with the barbecues and the graduations and the picnics by the pool. If you'd always choose a good book over a good party, critic Maureen Corrigan has a list for you.
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June 6, 2012 A dark and stormy night, an isolated manor house and a knock at the door all play a part in Sadie Jones' delicious romp of a novel. Set in Edwardian England, it tracks a noble but cash-strapped family whose lavish dinner plans go awry when they're asked to shelter a crowd of refugees.
June 6, 2012 Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya revitalizes Sophocles' Antigone with the story of a Pashtun woman who visits an American military base in Kandahar for permission to bury her brother. But unlike Sophocles, Roy-Bhattacharya challenges readers to sympathize with both the soldiers and their visitor.
June 4, 2012 The latest from Andrei Makine — often described as a Russian Proust — tells the story of Ivan Shutov, a disillusioned writer who tries to reconnect with his native Russia after decades as an expat. The country has moved on, but Shutov makes an unlikely connection with a grizzled veteran.
May 31, 2012 Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer's comic rewrite tracks the flaws in America's founding documents, from the 17 "alcohol, voting and slavery" amendments to one president's belief that the Constitution should expire every 19 years.
May 30, 2012 Did women's liberation bring change you can believe in? In her first work of fiction in 25 years, Alix Kates Shulman conjures a retro relationship triangle, a heroine drowning in domestic discontent, and questions about the transformative impact of feminism.
May 29, 2012 We think of the Russian master as a novelist and short-story writer. But the subversive genius who penned Lolita was a deft and powerful poet, too — as the first new collection of his verse in more than 30 years proves.