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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah (Riverhead). A (perhaps surprisingly) beautiful historical novel by the 2021 Nobel laureate, a British author of Tanzanian birth. Gurnah writes in English, of course, … more
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford (Atria). Some- thing like an epic, in the description, but fast and fun to read and as much future fiction as histo ical: it’s set in 2045, or at … more
Alias Emma by Ava Glass (Bantam). A superfast spy thriller, set in London; the action—not combat, mostly fleeing, if they can move fast enough and stealthily enough—it’s not … more
Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury). This guy, with his Auld Sod last name and Old Testament first name, is clearly well known to almost everybody but me: often on … more
Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short Stories by Meng Jin (Mariner/Morrow). Faithful readers with good memories (all of us here, surely) will remember a lead review in January, ’20, of Meng … more
A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence by Mary Pipher (Bloomsbury). A psychologist (that’s what her Ph.D says), but pretty clearly her real calling from the start was not psychotherapist, … more
Future Stories: What’s Next? by David Christian (Little, Brown). This is a small-ish, slightly playful book of philosophy. So a book of (somewhat) playful but (seriously) thoughtful … more
These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany (Grand Central). A first novel whose author has a lot of strings to her bow; novels may not be her constant focus, but this one raises real hope. … more
Rough Draft by Katy Tur (One Signal/Atria). A memoir, as observant and witty as one expects from this likable and brainy TV newsperson, but rather deeper than that necessarily signals. She emerges … more
Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). International intrigue thriller, beginning with the disappearance of our central woman’s new husband – we think … more
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach (Henry Holt). Lovely novel, smart and sweet and racked with grief, by a writer the column has, clearly inexcusably, neglected. The one who … more
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner (Atria). What? A warm-hearted but sharp-eyed family novel by Jennifer Weiner, with Summer in the title? Who saw that coming? Well, we all did, of course, and … more
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