Love and Death in the Dream Forest

Love and Death in the Dream Forest

Ancient gods and tree-born civilizations form the backdrop for Thoraiya Dyer’s fascinating fantasy debut. Justin Hickey reviews Crossroads of Canopy.

Seeing Through Hypocrisy

Seeing Through Hypocrisy

Elfriede Jelinek’s Charges is a response to the European refugee crisis, but can fiction address reality by stripping it of all its details?

Up Against Art: An interview with Jessie Chaffee

Up Against Art: An interview with Jessie Chaffee

Steve Danziger interviews Jessie Chaffee about her much-praised debut novel Florence in Ecstasy.

Wastelands – Stephen Crane’s War

Wastelands – Stephen Crane’s War

Stephen Crane was born too late to go to war, but The Red Badge of Courage endures, not only as a story about war and what happens to people in war, but also as a remarkable experiment in literary modernism.

Try the Right Angle

Try the Right Angle

Since his 1997 debut, novelist Daniel Kehlmann has been subverting the familiar comforts of science and society. Up next: his new book You Should Have Left.

The World in Her Image

The World in Her Image

Bestselling author of Tudor historical fiction Philippa Gregory takes up the familiar tragedy of Lady Jane Grey – and her forgotten but equally compelling sisters – in her new book, as A Year with the Tudors II continues.

The Writings of the War

The Writings of the War

A century ago this year, the American Expeditionary Force set off for Europe to end all wars. Andrew Carroll’s new book looks at the lives of the men who faced the Great War, and the enigmatic general who led them.

Enough

Enough

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Obstinate About Surviving

Obstinate About Surviving

Batman and Inception director Christopher Nolan’s latest film is a sprawling WWII epic about the desperate heroism of the Dunkirk evacuation.

It’s a Mystery: “Suffer the dark, go to the light whenever it’s there”

It’s a Mystery: “Suffer the dark, go to the light whenever it’s there”

This month sees Let the Dead Speak, a fine addition to Jane Casey’s compelling Detective Maeve Kerrigan series, and that special, oddball Monkeewrench crew returns for another delightful caper, Nothing Stays Buried.

From the Archives: Heat

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A poem by Sommer Browning

From the Archives: Sparta, Iraq

From the Archives: Sparta, Iraq

“We must compensate the man for the loss of his gun,” wrote Virginia Woolf. Roxana Robinson’s riveting novel challenges us to imagine how we can do that as we work for peace.

From the Archives: Extravagant Things

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There is so much Tudor fiction in our world today that no one but the Tudors themselves could justify the extent of it. Even Steve Donoghue can’t read it all, but he has read more of it than is healthy, and he reports back in this installment of his “Year With the Tudors.”