Tag Archives: Kate Walbert

Pocket Review: The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert

The Sunken Cathedral Kate Walbert Scribner, 2015 Here is an interesting, almost Oulipean, challenge: How does one write a modern, urban novel without referencing technology? Maybe modern is the wrong word, with its connotations of sleekness and smooth surfaces. How does one write a contemporary novel, then, set in—say—New York City, without mentioning cell phones, […]


Pocket Review: A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert

A Short History of Women Kate Walbert Scribner, 2009 Kate Walbert’s A Short History of Women was one of the ten best books of 2009, according to the New York Times. It’s easy to see how this story of women, all dealing with quintessential “women’s issues” through five generations of the same family, might impress […]


New Yorker fiction (May 30) – “M&M World”

It turned out that I wasn’t a fan of this story. It’s mostly the stream of consciousness of a mother struggling with divorce and two young daughters — There are other things to fix, not just her yellow teeth. She needs some spots removed from her skin; she needs to dye her gray roots, the […]