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A tome of importance, but very entertaining nonetheless. Dostoevsky’s divided selves abound. The Karamazovs’ personalities are as varied as their nicknames. Both philosophical and eloquent, this giant novel is a murder mystery at its heart, with stylistically quirky touches of narration that only Dostoevsky could pull off. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau
My favorite of French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. It is modeled after Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. The murder occurs among an inseparable clique of well-read college students living together in a large, old house, but it flips Tartt’s whydunnit concept back to the genre’s traditional whodunnit format. This novel requires a simple leap in believability: that the detective assigned to investigate this murder is a near doppelganger of the victim. Well-paced, thoroughly tense, and more fun than its inspiration. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau
Tartt flips the traditional mystery format on its head. Instead of a whodunnit, she has written a whydunnit. The narrator and his friends, a tightly knit group of classics majors at an elite Vermont college, have killed one of their own. This novel explores why they did it, and what happened afterward. Manic guilt and suspicious paranoia abound; this is a book full of secrets, lies, betrayal, and a mounting rage. For extra credit, read Tana French’s The Likeness after you’re done! ~ Reviewed by Joe Michonhuneau
One part post-apocalypse, one part pre-apocalypse. The lives of those in both eras weave amongst and inform each other in Mandel’s highly literary tribute to the genre. There are roving gangs of troubadours, violent religious cults, Shakespeare fanatics trying to keep the artform alive, and an underwater graphic novel that transcends and connects these disparate generations. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau
Perhaps my favorite release of 2017, a timely tale of refugees escaping a war-torn unnamed Middle Eastern city with a twist of magical realism: Certain doors around the city transport those who enter to unspecified locations across the globe, appearing and disappearing at random, leading to myriad refugee crises in unsuspecting cities. It is also the story of a marriage in full, written simply yet beautifully. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau