Michael Schaub

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Funny, Profane 'Dark Flood' Doesn't Go Gently

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Margaret Drabble's new novel follows a 70-something woman as she travels around England for her job — working with old age homes — and grumbling about how sad, funny and genuinely absurd aging is.


Memory And Loss Haunt The Stories In 'The Refugees'

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen's new collection looks at how it feels and what it means to be a refugee. It's a wonderful group of stories that prove fiction can do more than tell stories, it can bear witness.


4 Lives In Parallel Run Through Ambitious '4 3 2 1'

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Paul Auster's new novel is a departure for the author — 880 pages of flowing prose about four versions of one character, living four mostly-parallel lives. It's sometimes confusing, but never boring.


Lost In Whimsy, 'Perfect Little World' Spins Off Course

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kevin Wilson's new novel follows a pregnant teen who joins an experimental commune — but the characters in Perfect Little World never come alive, and the book suffers from an overdose of whimsy.


In 'Homesick,' Ottessa Moshfegh Makes The Unlikable Understandable

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The characters in Ottessa Moshfegh's new collection are cold, unfiltered, frequently pathetic — all suffering from unease and nameless longing, made understandable by each perfectly-built story.


'I Was Trying' Is Sneaky, Enigmatic, Obscure — And That's A Good Thing

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Noy Holland's new collection brings together several decades worth of difficult-to-describe stories — some only a few paragraphs long, and all of them hallucinatory and maddening in the best way.


Beautiful, Icy 'History Of Wolves' Transcends Genre

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Emily Fridlund's electrifying debut novel History of Wolves is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a young woman — but it avoids the familiar story arc so common to other novels in that genre.


Beautiful, Horrifying 'Blood Of The Dawn' Gives Voice To Peru's Victims Of Violence

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Claudia Salazar Jiménez's new novel is short and brutally effective. It's the story of three women from different walks of life, all caught up in the violence that convulsed Peru in the 1980s.


'Angel Of History' Is A Heartfelt Cry

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Rabih Alameddine's new novel begins with Satan and Death arguing, in the mind of a poet on the verge of a breakdown. Satan wants him to remember those lost to AIDS; Death preaches forgetfulness.


Moving, Memorable 'Today Will Be Different' Balances Humor And Tragedy

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Maria Semple's new novel centers on erratic, overworked mother Eleanor, who makes a promise before the book begins: Today will be different. And it is, but not the way she expected or hoped for.


'The Wonder' Is A Hard-To-Believe Tale Of Belief

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Emma Donoghue's latest follows a nurse in 19th century Ireland who agrees to monitor a famed fasting girl. But both the unsympathetic nurse and the credulous villagers are hard to like or understand.


'The Fortunes' Is A Resonant Account Of The Chinese Immigrant Experience

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter Ho Davies' new novel tells four separate stories, from a 19th-century tycoon and his Chinese valet to the murder of a Chinese American man in 1982. It's a revelatory, deftly structured read.


'Razor Girl' Is Carl Hiaasen Doing What He Does Best

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Gleefully obscene, violent and shockingly funny, Razor Girl follows an ex-cop turned restaurant inspector on the tail of a car-crash con artist, a kidnapped TV agent and a loud-mouthed reality star.


Newly American 'Dreamers' Are Torn Between Love And Disappointment

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Imbolo Mbue's debut novel is one of the best books to deal with the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It's the story of a Cameroonian immigrant couple and the rich, troubled Americans they work for.


'Underground Railroad' Traces The Terrible Wounds Of Slavery

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The Underground Railroad is a literal train running underground in Colson Whitehead's new novel, which follows escaped slave Cora. It's both brilliant fiction and searing historical document.


'Here Comes The Sun' Shows A Complex, Heartbreakingly Real Jamaica

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nicole Dennis-Benn's assured, gorgeous debut novel follows Margot, a worker at a rich Jamaican resort, whose home life is a series of sacrifices as she struggles with family and forbidden love.


'A Hundred Thousand Worlds' Might Be A Few Too Many

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bob Proehl's sprawling novel follows actor Valerie and her son Alex on an epic road trip, punctuated by stops at comic conventions. It's a charming but messy debut that crams in too many ideas.


'Good As Gone' Doesn't Quite Get To Greatness

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Larry Watson sticks to what he knows and loves in his latest novel: The cinematic badlands of Montana, and a tough, taciturn Western hero. But none of his characters truly rise above ciphers.


'Girls On Fire' Is Terrifying, Upsetting And Beautiful

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Young adult author Robin Wasserman's new novel is definitely just for grown-ups — it's a tangled, thrilling story of two friends gone very wrong; hard to put down, with a twist you won't see coming.


'The Mirror Thief' Reflects Three Transfixing Tales

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Martin Seay's debut novel tells three separate but connected stories, all revolving around an alchemist in 16th-century Venice who conspires to smuggle two legendary mirror-makers out of the city.