National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

The winners have been announced: Fiction: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain Nonfiction: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, by Andrew Solomon Autobiography: Swimming Studies, by Leanne Sharpton Criticism: Stranger Magic, by Marina Warner Biography: The Passage of Power, by Robert Caro Poetry: Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, by D.A. Powell

By | 2013-02-28T20:09:48+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Colm Tóibín: “Summer of ’38”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Colm Tóibín's “Summer of '38” was originally published in the March 4, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Trevor I'm a fan of Colm Tóibín. It's been nearly four years since we've had any of his [...]

By | 2013-02-28T15:12:48+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Categories: Colm Tóibín, New Yorker Fiction|15 Comments

Paul Theroux: “The Furies”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Paul Theroux’s “The Furies” was originally published in the February 25, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Betsy “The Furies” reveals why so few people go to their 40th high school reunion -- the [...]

By | 2013-02-19T13:41:32+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Categories: New Yorker Fiction, Paul Theroux|7 Comments

Karen Russell: “Reeling for the Empire”

“Reeling for the Empire” is the second story in Karen Russell’s second short story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. For an overview with links to review of the others stories in this collection, please click here. Hmmm. After a great first story, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" (my thoughts here), I now sit scratching my head after [...]

By | 2013-02-18T00:28:13+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Categories: Karen Russell|5 Comments

Karen Russell: “Vampires in the Lemon Grove”

"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" is the first story in Karen Russell's second short story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. For an overview with links to review of the others stories in this collection, please click here. I approached this story warily. As much as I loved Russell's strange first collection of short stories (which [...]

By | 2013-02-11T15:56:20+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Categories: Karen Russell|0 Comments