Racial tension, religious turmoil, homophobia, AIDS: Tiffany McDaniel’s ambitious debut novel attempts to grapple with all the Big Themes.
If you like to emerge from a book feeling smart, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Instead, you might feel challenged, mortifyingly uninformed and determined to find out more
An indignant howl of rage at a system that teaches people not to think, not to engage.
Sarah Bakewell is a skilful storyteller, effortlessly placing examinations of existentialist books and lectures within their personal and historical contexts.
While it is Turner’s inspired construction of Ambrose that is the most memorable and successful element of the novel, the protagonist’s sheer lunacy makes this otherwise promising novel difficult to connect with.
Wegel shows how rituals of dating, sex and childbirth have always converged with gendered social and economic expectations, and how women and non-heterosexual men still generally perform the majority of emotional and cultural labour in seeking and maintaining romantic relationships.
Ausubel skilfully manipulates the three storylines (following Edgar, Fern and their three children) in a way that goads the reader, and leaves us craving a happy-ending family reunion. As page-turning devices go, it’s an effective one.
Rather than taming the shrew, Tyler goads the reader into a beastly foul temper.
Monterey Bay, Lindsay Hattan’s accomplished debut novel, defies easy categorisation.
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek ex-Finance Minister and economist, has brought us another big tale of economic mythology and tragedy.
It’s this powerful rendering of female adolescence that makes The Girls – at times – heartbreaking.
Annie Proulx, at 80 years of age, can certainly not be faulted for effort. Her new novel, Barkskins, encompasses 300 years of colonial history and its effects over 700-odd pages.
So Sad Today has been saluted as realistic: despite not offering a golden bullet of recovery, a 344k-follower count remains a redemption of sorts.
The book is so over-the-top DeLillo that it finally winds up being one of his best.
The Bones of Grace is an astonishing achievement: lyrical, linguistically gorgeous, upsetting, and wholly worth reading.
Gallagher’s warm, outstanding characterisation holds this impressive novel together.
Hystopia is worthy of the journey for the quality of the language itself. Maybe just skip the fake editor’s notes.
“When stories were told, revelations were made,” writes Dana Spiotta in her deftly crafted fourth novel Innocents and Others.