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The New Canon: Runaway by Alice Munro

Other authors present us with decisive characters, but Alice Munro is our leading chronicler of the indecisive and irresolute. Read More »

Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

Mixes the passions of classical tragedy with the experimental narrative structures of post-modern fiction. Read More »

The New Canon: Oblivion by David Foster Wallace

Those intimidated by David Foster Wallace's 1,100-page novel Infinite Jest, may find easier access to this author via these stories. Read More »

The New Canon: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

You might call White Teeth the great melting pot novel, except there is more simmering than melting happening here. Read More »

The New Canon: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

A rags-to-riches tale set in India instead of America. Even in fiction, it seems, the world is flat. Read More »

Book Review: The Humbling by Philip Roth

Welcome to the late style of Philip Roth, where hanky-panky is less exciting than hara-kiri Read More »

Book Review: Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

Chronic City seems likes a typical buddy novel set in New York, until the robots and space weapons show up. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber was a chess player, preacher, college teacher, champion fencer, Shakespearian actor...and, yes, a great storyteller. Read More »

The New Canon: The Sea by John Banville

The Sea is a dark and haunting story of a widower who returns to the scene of his first romance. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon has written a grand unclassifiable novel. Is it fantasy, horror, mystery or experimental fiction? You be the judge. Read More »