Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

Patti Smith Reveals Her Solitary Soul In 'M Train'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Smith follows up her National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, with another memoir, M Train. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is a haunting story about weathering life's storms.


A Broken-Hearted Heroine Picks Up The Pieces In Jojo Moyes' 'After You'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Moyes' follow-up to her 2012 novel Me Before You explores the depths of grief and the paths of resilience. Maureen Corrigan calls After You "an affecting [and] entertaining female adventure tale."


'Fates And Furies' Offers A Tour-De-Force Plot, Minus Compelling Characters

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lauren Groff's new novel paints a portrait of marriage from the clashing viewpoints of a husband and wife. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Fates and Furies is "a marvel" — but that it could be better.


'Lost Child' Wraps Up Ferrante's Neapolitan Series With 'Perfect Devastation'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Elena Ferrante's edgy "Neapolitan Novels" chronicle a decades-long friendship between two Italian women. Maureen Corrigan says the fourth and final novel, The Story of the Lost Child, is spectacular.


Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to "emotionally move the reader."


'A Manual For Cleaning Women' Showcases A Gritty, One-Of-A-Kind Voice

Monday, August 24, 2015

A posthumously published collection of stories steers recognition to Lucia Berlin, whose fictional narrators are the sort who have seen it all and aren't afraid to tell you about their crappy day.


Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."


'Dragonfish' Offers A Noir Vision Of An 'American Dream Gone Rancid'

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The debut novel by Vu Tran is a crime drama involving a white cop, his Vietnamese-born ex-wife and her new husband, a violent crime boss. Maureen Corrigan calls Dragonfish a "haunting literary novel."


Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Julia Pierpont's debut novel opens with a young girl's discovery of her father's infidelity. Maureen Corrigan says that what follows is so unexpected and tense that it's a "fresh pleasure to read."


Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Monday, July 13, 2015

Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird — or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess."


Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

Monday, July 06, 2015

Summer and suspense fiction go together like the Fourth of July and firecrackers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends four books that are deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.


'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In his new book, Scott Sherman describes how bottom-line business logic nearly gutted New York's preeminent public library. Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, smart book" full of colorful characters.


Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

Monday, June 15, 2015

The author was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her back story is shared by many of her Filipino characters in her debut short story collection.


Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

Monday, June 08, 2015

Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.


Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Travel (near and far), literary souvenirs and the crucial companionship of humankind's best friend are the subjects of the books on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.


Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Orwell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.


Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Friday, May 08, 2015

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.


'One Of Us' Examines The Damaged Inner Terrain Of Norwegian Mass Shooter

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Journalist Asne Seierstad chronicles the 2011 shooting massacre in her country in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the work "engrossing, important and undeniably difficult to read."


Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."


'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property.