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Articles by Janet Potter

Unlies His Mother Told Him

November 1, 2010
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Emma Donoghue’s story of a boy raised in perfect (if penitential) solitude with his mother and then thrust into the wide world is parable about the isolation of affection–or is it a commentary on how alien our society has become?

The Crossing

September 1, 2010
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Warmth and pleasure are scarce commodities in Per Petterson’s new novel “I Curse the River of Time,” but Janet Potter reveals where they’re hidden

The Playground of the Gods

May 1, 2010
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Hermes, god of thieves and liars, is the narrator of John Banville’s new novel The Infinities. Janet Potter looks into the story he’s got to tell.

Facebook Fiction

March 1, 2010
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Justin Taylor’s Everything Here Is The Best Thing Ever raises the age-old question about ‘hot’ new collections: can they possibly live up to their own billing? Janet Potter turns in a verdict.

Wayward Directions

February 1, 2010
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In Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed, Tim Farnsworth walks away from his job and family, and also away from a novel of domesticity into one of ideas.

A Real Island

November 1, 2009
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For a season, Maurice Sendak’s iconic Wild Things have become specifically what Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze want them to be … but what is that? Janet Potter goes out to meet them.

Avatar Bazaar

October 1, 2009
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Fans of Dan Chaon’s complex, intellectual fiction have eagerly awaited his newest, Await Your Reply. Janet Potter tries to pin down the book’s many identities.