Jason Sheehan

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'Silver On The Road' Is A Pure American Myth

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Laura Anne Gilman creates an authentically spooky Old West in her novel, where it seems perfectly reasonable that the Devil might wear a sharp suit, run a saloon, and always stay true to his bargains.


In 'Love And Techno,' The World Is Cruel — But The People Aren't (Mostly)

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Anthony Marra's new short story collection is a hundred-year relay of Russian history, full of black, bone-dry humor and characters who are often (but not always) as awful as the worlds they live in.


'Six Of Crows' Is A Well-Turned Heist Tale

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Leigh Bardugo's latest invites comparison to Ocean's 11, one of the best heist stories ever told. Critic Jason Sheehan says the teenage crows seem too mature, but praises the immersive world-building.


Top Stories: Afghan Troops In Kunduz; Hurricane Joaquin

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Also: A new blast rocks a Chinese city a day after several bombs go off; GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump vows to send back all Syrian refugees; and there's a single winning Powerball ticket.


'Gold Fame Citrus' Holds Fear In A Handful Of Dust

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Claire Vaye Watkins' first novel is a frighteningly believable near-future dystopia; drought has ruined the West, and two holdouts among the wreckage find their lives changed by a strange child.


A Dreamy Marriage Turns To Rage In 'Fates And Furies'

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In her newest novel, Lauren Groff uses a split narrative to tell the story of a long marriage. Critic Jason Sheehan says the device works thanks to Groff's stunning language.


With A Touch Of Snark, 'Harriet Chance' Lays Its Protagonist Bare

Friday, September 11, 2015

The heroine of Jonathan Evison's new novel is 78 years old, chronically drunk and talks to the ghost of her dead husband. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book portrays "darkness with a forced smile."


In A Shadow Tongue, 'The Wake' Tells Of Bloody Battles And Old Gods

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Paul Kingsnorth invented a whole new language for his novel about the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Critic Jason Sheehan says that hard work paid off.


Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Saturday, August 29, 2015

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.


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."


'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.


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.


'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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


'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.


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.