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In Washington Black novelist Esi Edugyan has defied the cliché of the escaped slave discovering freedom.
Deborah Eisenberg's stories pull you in and imitate life in an uncanny way.
It is heart-warming that, in these “worst of times," playwrights like Carey Crim are working quietly to give us a look at new beginnings with humor and tenderness and hope.
In the end, Philip Roth produced the greatest body of work in the 20th century since William Faulkner and Saul Bellow and I.B. Singer.
Schutt's is an example of the kind of fiction that is being taken seriously in too many quarters in this new century, but that is not nearly good enough.
The Lyric Stage production of Anna Christie does right by Eugene O'Neill's brilliance.
There is much to love in this Lyric Stage Company production and I recommend it highly.
For the hundredth birthday of Charlotte Salomon, who is emerging as one of the 20th century’s great artists, two fabulous volumes dedicated to her work.
This superb volume is much more than a group of essays; it is a tale with a trajectory fashioned by a writer who is determined to be achingly honest.
Spiro Veloudos and his talented cast has given us an evening in the theater when all that makes us human comes to the fore.
The biography offers a fascinating look at Frances Coke Villiers’s unique tale of rebellion, examining the plight of one memorable woman during a tumultuous time.
Helen Dunmore's astounding final novel is a fascinating take on a family of radicals living in Bristol, England during the French Revolution.
This book captures — beautifully — poet John Ashbery’s youth and dreams and struggles.
It is my sad duty to report that an evening which looked so promising was hardly a worthy homage to an important musical figure of the 20th century.
Focusing on these indomitable and sometimes troubling women, Fought has written an engaging book that is compelling, sometimes even fierce.
George Prochnik's biography of Gershom Scholem is flawed, but well worth reading, especially for those struggling with their Jewish and Israeli identities.
These well-crafted stories are not for the faint-hearted.
May this superb biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, spark more interest in this amazing writer, especially in the United States.
This is the work of an extremely talented writer whose prose is spare and exact and has an authenticity that marks him as the real thing.
Reading William Trevor will enrich you in ways you cannot imagine.
Two books -- one nonfiction, the other fiction -- that deal with Jewish history.
A splendid, absorbing read in which you feel as if you’ve been dropped onto the set of a Mozart opera.
Frances Wilson's biography of Thomas De Quincey is superb, written with enormous empathy and insight.
This is a book about “survivor’s guilt,” and also about the terrible loneliness that comes of losing so many whom you love.
If any of you are harboring a budding young musician either at home or school or in the extended family, investigate the possibility of he or she attending BUTI.
Kent Haruf's novels remind us that even in the hardest lives, there is joy, often delicate and evanescent, but joy, nevertheless.
This canny writer is concerned with the kind of complicated family relationships that engaged his Jewish literary forebears.
You may have read similar earlier works, but Dominic Smith’s novel is in a class of its own.
There are resemblances to Virginia Woolf not only in the terrific prose but also in Helen Dunmore’s awareness that much of family life lies in what is not said as much as in what is said.
Perhaps in the future Michelle Hoover will let her very real talent take her into the unknown, where narrative and myth merge.
Iris Murdoch proves a wonderful companion: funny, honest, insightful, and courageous.