I allowed myself to write without compartmentalizing the Chinese from the English, the Cantonese from the Mandarin, and let the sounds from other places dance and mix into the poems.
by Lisa Peet
The book’s underlying tension comes not from individuals endlessly pushing back against the machine of state. Rather, each player in The Dog is straining, in ways large and small, to metabolize that machine.
by Jill Kronstadt
In both Life After Life and her newest novel, A God in Ruins, the most gallingly needy of these female characters have late, lucrative careers as bestselling novelists—perhaps echoing Atkinson’s own?
by Michele Beller
A bell of familiarity clanged in my head when I read that Stern’s father defended himself, reminding her how much he “tried to help” her during her “troubled childhood.” The exasperated voice of my mother came back to haunt—“You have a fear of success,” she would say to me when I was at my lowest.
by Sangeeta Mehta
She started writing her novel that night. And it was at night—specifically in the middle of the night—that she would continue to write.