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Articles by Jennifer Helinek

A Bygone Present

November 1st, 2017
A Bygone Present

An eerie atmosphere and finely-watched details are among the strange strengths of Fiona Mozley’s odd debut novel Elmet – and among its weaknesses.

Memory Sickness

October 1st, 2017
Memory Sickness

Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter – getting its first US publication – uses the Khmer Rouge atrocities as a backdrop against which to explore its characters’ various losses.

Beyond “Ma”

September 1st, 2017
Beyond “Ma”

A new novel re-imagines the beloved character of “Ma” from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books.

Matching Pink Turtleneck

July 1st, 2017
Matching Pink Turtleneck

Katherine Heiny’s debut novel neatly balances cynicism and warmth in order to portray an unconventional family.

An “Untold” Story?

June 1st, 2017
An “Untold” Story?

Unlike Jean Rhys, Sarah Shoemaker tells Mr. Rochester’s side of Jane Eyre with respect and fidelity to Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece. But is that the problem?

The Book Beneath the Noise

May 1st, 2017
The Book Beneath the Noise

Both a new TV adaptation and the alarmingly dystopian trend of current political news have brought new attention to Margaret Atwood’s classic The Handmaid’s Tale, but underneath the hype there’s the book itself.

Dancing Through the Depression

April 1st, 2017
Dancing Through the Depression

Depression-era Montreal is the setting for Heather O’Neill’s much-lauded novel, which follows the lives of two orphans, a piano prodigy and a superb dancer.

Lessons from History

March 1st, 2017
Lessons from History

In the new novel from the author of The Historian, a young American woman travels across present-day Bulgaria and delves into the country’s dark past.