Out Loud  / fiction

Written by Jan Kline two years 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 two years 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 two years 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 two years 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 two years 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 two years 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 two years 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

Written by Jan Kline two years ago

Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem

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I’ve missed the last few books by Jonathan Lethem, but remember liking some of his earlier ones, especially Motherless Brooklyn, an unforgettable novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome.

Written by Jan Kline two years ago

& Sons, by David Gilbert

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I seem to be on a jag: novels about novelists. I was wowed by Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife, and before that, loved David Gilbert’s & Sons.

Written by Jan Kline two years ago

My Education, by Susan Choi

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This novel starts off typically enough with a grad student crush on a charismatic professor.

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