Vulnerability was what made David Foster Wallace so beloved, but it often led him to surrender too much in his fiction.
Daniel Orozco, Orientation and Other Stories; Mercè Rodoreda, The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda.
The Latin Boom writers failed to appreciate the work of fellow novelist Manuel Puig, who wrote about housewives and homosexuals.
The Free World is a novel about lives suspended at a moment when everything is uncertain. It is about frustration. Unfortunately, it too is frustrating.
The achievement of Juan José Saer’s fiction, next to its sensuousness, is its creation of an all-engulfing present.
For Joanna Ruocco, language is a multiplier of worlds, a portal to alternate realities.
Mark David Chapman was carrying a copy of The Catcher in the Rye when he shot John Lennon. The murder was a collision of cultures.
Elizabeth Hardwick found New York's jittery impermanence and inchoate density to be an obstacle for the fiction writer.
Nicole Krauss's Great House swings from the evocative to the overcharged.
Frederic Tuten's Self Portraits is a backward glance on life that's vital, wistful and filled with sweet ache.