Out Loud  / fiction

Written by Jan Kline about a week ago

The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout

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This is one dysfunctional family, though it’s not hard to see how they ended up this way. Growing up in small-town Maine, three small children are left unattended in the family car; one of them releases the parking brake, allowing

Written by Jan Kline about a week ago

The Children Act, by Ian McEwan

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For a book only slightly over 200 pages, The Children Act packs a substantial wallop.

Written by Jan Kline five months ago

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett

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Amy Gallup is a crotchety, misanthropic 60-year-old author and writing teacher who would strongly prefer to be left alone. At home. With her basset hound, Alphonse. (Her mantra, in Willett’s prequel, The Writing Class: Kill Me Now).

Written by Jan Kline six months ago

The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady

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The novel made up entirely of letters isn’t a new form. But the email novel is a newer development — not that there aren’t already enough examples of them out there to make writing one a potentially slippery slope ending

Written by Jan Kline seven months ago

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

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It took eight months of waiting, but finally the library copy of The Goldfinch stayed on the shelf long enough for me to get my mitts on it. As it was, I had to jerk it out of my sister’s

Written by Jan Kline eight months ago

Casebook, by Mona Simpson

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It’s a coincidence that just after re-reading a childhood favorite of mine, Harriet the Spy, I should pick up an adult novel that also features kids spying on adults.

Written by Jan Kline nine months ago

The Unknowns, by Gabriel Roth

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By now, I would have thought that the chance of coming up with a non-cliché male geek misfit character would be very slim. But Gabriel Roth has beaten the odds.

Written by Jan Kline ten months ago

The Dinner, by Herman Koch

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After reading this book, I’ll never be hazy on the concept of the unreliable narrator again.

Written by Jan Kline eleven months ago

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Yes, I read and liked Eat, Pray, Love like the rest of female America of a certain age. But I also enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s earlier fiction, especially Stern Men, set in the world of Maine’s lobster fishing industry.

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

Want Not, by Jonathan Miles

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Anyone who can embroider a letter of complaint into a great tragicomic novel is worth following, in my book. So when I heard that Jonathan Miles (author of Dear American Airlines) had a new one out, my page turning finger

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