Alan Cheuse

Alan Cheuse appears in the following:

'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Reviewer Alan Cheuse takes on two new thrillers, David Ignatius' ripped-from-the-headlines cyber-adventure The Director, and former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' fiction debut, Night Heron.


Book Review: 'The Director' and 'Night Heron'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews two new spy novels: David Igantius' The Director and Adam Brookes' Night Heron.


McMurtry Takes Aim At A Legend In 'Last Kind Words Saloon'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the OK Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."


Slow Rape Kit Results Leave Victims Few Effective Places To Turn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A new study concludes the medical and justice system can do more to help rape survivors access medical care. Funding cuts often limit access to exams and keep test results from leading to prosecution.


Book Review: 'American Innovations'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews American Innovations, a new collection of short stories by Rivka Galchen.


A Fractured Tale Of Time, War And A Really Big Diamond

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Anthony Doerr's new novel, All The Light We Cannot See, follows a blind French girl and a young German private after the Normandy invasion — but his gorgeous prose is marred by jagged jumps in time.


Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.


In 'Paradise,' Finding Understanding In The Ruins Of Horror

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel follows a fractious group of attendees at an Auschwitz memorial conference as they bear witness to one of history's greatest atrocities.


'Frog Music' Sounds A Barbaric (But Invigorating) Yawp

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Emma Donoghue's new novel is a rich, raunchy tale of demimondaines and murder in smallpox-riven 1876 San Francisco. Critic Alan Cheuse says the novel sets a jaunty pace and shows a lot of leg.


A Lyrical Meditation On Grief In 'Falling Out Of Time'

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

David Grossman's new book, half poem and half novel, is a dramatic, allegorical study of archetypal characters wandering in the wake of grief. Reviewer Alan Cheuse compares the story to Our Town.


Book Review: 'The Divorce Papers'

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel The Divorce Papers, by Susan Rieger.


Book Review: 'Falling Out Of Time'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews the odd little novel Falling Out of Time, by Israeli writer David Grossman.


All Sides Of A Divorce, Told In Fresh, Lively 'Papers'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Susan Rieger's new The Divorce Papers is a modern epistolary novel, chronicling a crumbling marriage in court filings, emails and hand-written notes. Critic Alan Cheuse calls it serious yet charming.


American Jazzmen Swing Overseas In 'Shanghai'

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nicole Mones' new Night in Shanghai follows an African-American pianist making his way in the city's nightclub scene on the eve of World War II. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the story really swings.


Review: 'E.E. Cummings: A Life'

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews E.E. Cummings: A Life, a new biography by Susan Cheever, and discusses the origins of his own fascination with the American poet.


Book Review: 'Night in Shanghai'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.


Lorrie Moore's New 'Bark' Is Half Of A Good Book

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lorrie Moore's new collection, Bark, contains eight stories — but our reviewer Alan Cheuse says only two of them really stand out. But, he adds, those two offer some "first-rate reading pleasure."


Book Review: 'Bark'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews Lorrie Moore's new collection of stories, her first in 16 years.


Historical Trauma Makes For Thrilling Fiction In 'Officer And A Spy'

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Robert Harris' new An Officer and a Spy is a fictionalized account of the Dreyfus Affair — which, as critic Alan Cheuse notes, is tailor made for Harris' talents: there's an innocent victim at the center, a melodramatic villain, buffoonish military brass, crusading newspaper editors and a star turn from the novelist Emile Zola.


Doyle's New 'Guts' Has Plenty Of Soul

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Roddy Doyle's new The Guts revisits the Commitments three decades later, grown up and dealing with life's blows. Mastermind Jimmy Rabbitte is out of the hospital after cancer surgery, and he's living life one day at a time. Critic Alan Cheuse says the dialogue-heavy novel is both foulmouthed and bursting with joie de vivre.