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The Great Concert of the Night by Jonathan Buckley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681373959
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Published: New York Review Books - January 14th, 2020

What an accomplishment this novel is! Taking the form of brief passages that David has begun to write in a diary, Jonathan Buckley somehow shapes an entire life. I feel like I know David like I know Leopold Bloom or Proust’s narrator. Buckley creates a private, personal intellectual life for his creation. What does David do? He works at a small museum of curiosities, he reads, he thinks, and he remembers. He remembers his relationship with Imogen, an actress in arty French films. Buckley orchestrates these little fragments, fluidly moving through time as David thinks, remembers, and experiences. A whole life comes into focus as you read. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Summer Solstice: An Essay by Nina Maclaughlin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781574232387
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - April 27th, 2020

This gorgeous extended essay is one of the most evocative pieces of prose I’ve encountered in a long time. Summer Solstice is far heavier than its page count suggests. MacLaughlin somehow amazingly renders the experience of time lived in the most sensual detail. Grab this beaker full of the warm south and read it slowly and carefully. Or, like me, read it through and then immediately read it again. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Rogomelec by Leonor Fini - Book Review

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By Leonor Fini, Jonathan P. Eburne (Introduction by), Serena Shanken Skwersky (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781939663481
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Published: Wakefield Press - April 21st, 2020

Yet another fascinating surreal novel sidelined because of the author’s gender. This dream-like journey to the monastery of Rogomelec (which might or might not mean “he who stones the king”) is a short novel by the painter Leonor Fini. A fast and transfixing read full of gender ambiguity, an iridescent sorbet, a concert in an ossuary, and a lame monk who dresses the narrator in the most elaborate costume made from 100% freshly caught octopi. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Sorry for Your Trouble: Stories by Richard Ford - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062969804
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Published: Ecco - May 12th, 2020

A collection of short stories and two novellas from one of America's finest writers. The locations range from Louisiana to the coast of Maine to Ireland, but the themes are both universal and timeless: loss and loneliness, faithfulness and infidelity, regret and redemption. Ford is a master at creating psychologically fragile characters and placing them in situations that demand they draw from the wellsprings of strength that is equally a part of being human. By turns the stories are unaffectedly candid, funny, and always hopeful. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Little Eyes: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525541363
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 5th, 2020

Somewhere in the liminal space between the hopeful voyeurism of The Truman Show and the pitch-black techno-dystopian near-future of Black Mirror exists Samanta Schweblin’s new masterpiece Little Eyes. Unsettling in its plausibility, this is more a cautionary tale of the present than of the future. In an era of pervasive self-surveillance and anonymous connectivity, an age of avatars, dashcams, trolling, and live streaming, Schweblin deftly observes the humanity that blooms, the obsession that lurks, and the depravity that curdles behind our screens. Each compulsive arc in this novel lands with a Dan Chaon-like crunch of shock, betrayal, humiliation, and consequence. The less I say about the intermingling plots, however, the better. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Untold Night and Day: A Novel by Bae Suah - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419744389
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Published: The Overlook Press - May 5th, 2020

A summer dreamscape in Seoul: a strange audio theater, odd people on the street, identities merging and dissolving, identical experiences shared by different individuals, scenes repeated in new places, oppressive heat, frequent darkness, scenes repeated again, something familiar said by someone else, everything and everyone barely holding together, then disintegrating. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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