William Trevor: “The Piano Tuner’s Wives”

In just a little over a month we learn what author will take home the Nobel Prize for Literature. Though I enjoy the speculation and then looking into the winner’s work, I usually don’t get too worked up about the Nobel. It is, after all, another book prize with an impossible mandate….


Deborah Levy: Swimming Home

This year’s judges of the Man Booker Prize seem to have quite a task in front of them when they sit to whittle the longlist down to a shortlist. On the one hand, at least a few of the judges opted to include Rachel Joyce’s rather conventional, sentimental journey The…


T. Coraghessan Boyle: “Birnam Wood”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “Birnam Wood” was originally published in the September 3, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. Another story you can read for free online, from another well known short story writer. Though I’m not always keen…

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Alice Munro: “Amundsen”

Trevor reviews Alice Munro’s “Amundsen,” from the August 27, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. Read the full post.


Rachel Joyce: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

I have read and reviewed here some fine “walking” books. I’m thinking of Sergio Chejfec’s My Two Worlds, Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room, and W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. These books use walking to create a reflective journey, showing how physical space can affect our mental space. As…


Michael Frayn: Skios

As a fan of Michael Frayn, I was thrilled to see he had a new novel out this year. Headlong (my review here) is one of my favorite books, and I had big hopes I would enjoy Skios (2012) even half as much. My hopes were bolstered when Skios was placed on this year’s…


Ramón del Valle-Inclán: Tyrant Banderas

Trevor reviews Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s 1926 novel, Tyrant Banderas, translated from the Spanish by Peter Bush. Read the full post.


Justin Taylor: “After Ellen”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Justin Taylor’s “After Ellen” was originally published in the August 13 & 20, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I have never heard of Justin Taylor, but, as a young author (one…


F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Thank You for the Light”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Thank You for the Light” was originally published in the August 6, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I was very surprised when I opened up this week’s issue of The New Yorkerand found…