Out Loud  / fiction

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

Casebook, by Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson

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 one year ago

The Unknowns, by Gabriel Roth

Gabe Roth

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 one year ago

The Dinner, by Herman Koch


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

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert


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

Jonathan Miles

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 one year ago

Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem


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 one year ago

& Sons, by David Gilbert


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 one year 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.

Written by Jan Kline one year ago

Jacob’s Folly, by Rebecca Miller


If you read a book about an eighteenth century Jewish peddler being transformed into a housefly, I think it’s best if you aren’t reminded of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. But maybe that’s just me.

Written by Jan Kline two years ago

Two Non-Turkeys for Thanksgivikkah Reading


Here are a couple of engrossing reads for the holiday weekend. No pilgrims, no arguments over who washes the turkey pan, not so much as a hand-turkey elementary school art project in either of these, I promise. Either will get