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Jason Sheehan

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Cults, Foam Heads And Other Weird Things Thrive In 'Body Like Mine'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Alexandra Kleeman's novel, populated by TV-obsessed characters on a steady diet of Popsicles and oranges, is a controlled exercise in what critic Jason Sheehan calls "terrifying banality."

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'The Automobile Club' Tours Egypt's Troubled History

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Alaa Al Aswany's new book sets the dynamics of a fallen family and an elitist car club against the tensions of post-World War II Egypt, but a clunky translation and too many plots keep the brakes on.

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Six Friends, A Pile of Cash And A Game With Deadly Consequences

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Black Chalk hinges on a plot twist that we won't give away. But we will say it's the summer thriller we've been waiting for: about a teenage game that turns dangerous as its players become adults.

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'Cure' Hits The Reset Button On Suicidal Minds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jesse Ball's A Cure For Suicide is a poignant psychological dystopia about dealing with painful memories and the true price of starting over.

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'The Way Things Were' Is A Detailed Epic of Modern India

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This beautifully conceived story of an exiled princeling and his Manhattan-educated son also manages to include sprawling Sanskrit epics, knotty family dynamics and the recent history of India.

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In 'The Love She Left Behind,' Mourning Is No Gimmick

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Amanda Coe's new novel about adult siblings forced to come together at their absentee mother's funeral is surprisingly free of melodrama.

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Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.

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Going Through A Midlife Crisis? 'Summerlong' Is No Escape

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dean Bakopoulos' darkly humorous novel Summerlong features a cast of Midwestern suburbanites suffocating from adulthood.

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'Seven Good Years' Remembers Tiny Moments Writ Exquisitely Large

Thursday, June 18, 2015

In his new collection Etgar Keret recounts bittersweet and often humorous vignettes of life in the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father.

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'Modern Romance:' Love In The Age Of Demography

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Aziz Ansari did a lot of demographic research — yes, you read that right — for his new book, and the result is an uneasy but occasionally entertaining hybrid of hard data and too-sparse comedy.

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Migrants Set On Getting To Europe Try Crossing Between Turkey And Bulgaria

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Many migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Bulgaria is now seeing a surge of migrants attempting to enter Europe by land from Turkey.

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'Sage' Is A Naturalist's Guide To The Historic Rabbits Of Waterloo

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Leona Francombe's debut novel is all about rabbits: They eat, they sleep, and they think about the battle of Waterloo. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a lovely story that sometimes lacks a point.

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'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.

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Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic 800-page tale of a girl and a cat wants to be the stepping stone to a new understanding of the novel — but critic Jason Sheehan says it's undone by too many parentheses.

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In 'Paddy Buckley' Suffering Through Four Last Days With Dark Comedy

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jeremy Massey's debut novel centers on an undertaker with magical abilities — like communicating with dogs and flies. Critic Jason Sheehan says Massey has an eye for black humor.

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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American Archetypes On A Bloody Funny Path In 'The Harder They Come'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

In his latest novel, T.C. Boyle is at play in his usual fields: California, baby boomer angst, fathers and sons. But critic Jason Sheehan says it's a gory, absurdist, expertly paced frolic.

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'Lost Boys Symphony' Blurs The Lines Between Reality And Madness

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mark Andrew Ferguson's debut novel has time travel, but it isn't science fiction. It has teenagers, but it's not YA. Instead, it's a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.

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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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30 Seconds That Echo Through History In 'Epitaph'

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Forget whatever you thought you knew about the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Mary Doria Russell's new novel is an epic investigation into all the things that made the bloodshed inevitable.

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