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Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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'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 It's both brilliant fiction and searing historical document.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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Grief Haunts 'Ghosts Of Bergen County'

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Dana Cann's novel is packed with ghosts, literal and figurative. It centers on a married couple grieving the loss of their infant daughter — and the way that grief can make strange things happen.

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'Knockout' Scores A Hit With Humanity And Dark Humor

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The characters who populate John Jodzio's new story collection are a long way from respectable — they're junkies, liars, and in one case, a tiger thief. But Jodzio treats them all with compassion.

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'What Is Not Yours' Is Flawless

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Most writers would give everything they own to have just one masterpiece to their name. British author Helen Oyeyemi is barely 31, and she already has at least three of them. That includes her last two novels, Mr. Fox and Boy, Snow, Bird, both of which received extensive critical acclaim ...

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An Audacious Transformation Bogs Down In 'Blackass'

Sunday, March 06, 2016

"Furo Wariboko awoke this morning to find that dreams can lose their way and turn up on the wrong side of sleep." That's the first sentence of Blackass, the debut novel from Nigerian author A. Igoni Barrett, and if it sounds familiar, there's a good reason for that. The book ...

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'We've Already Gone This Far' Counts The Cost Of War

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to approach $6 trillion, but it will be decades before we know what we've truly lost. We have a generation that's never really known peacetime, and thousands upon thousands of service members who have returned to the country ...

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What The Sitcoms Don't Tell You About New York City Friendships

Monday, February 15, 2016

There's no shortage of contemporary writing about New York. While that's not surprising — it's the largest city in the country, and has always had a special hold on the American imagination — it sometimes seems like it's hard to find new fiction not set in the five (but usually ...

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A Blizzard, Meth And A Missing Mom Make 'Sweetgirl' A Harrowing Read

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

It's the dead of winter in a small town in northern Michigan, and Carletta James is missing. Again. Her 16-year old daughter, Percy, isn't exactly surprised — it's not unusual for Carletta, a meth addict, to disappear for stretches of time, strung out and unconscious somewhere. But Percy's more worried ...

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Strange Lives Unfold In Dreamy, Atmospheric 'Sleep Garden'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On the edge of a town called St. Nils sits the Burrow. It's a low mound of earth, just like any other burrow, but with a front door and six windowless apartments inside. It's not clear when it was constructed; some speculate it was built as a secret bunker, others ...

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'Black Wings' Is A Devilish Trip Worth Taking

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Twenty-seven may be too young to die," muses Tim Sunblade, the narrator of Elliott Chaze's Black Wings Has My Angel. "But it isn't too young to die like a man." Tim has death on his mind frequently — he's an escaped prisoner determined to do whatever it takes to stay ...

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'Your Heart Is A Muscle' Is A Florid, Ambitious Tale Of Protest

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

On Nov. 30, 1999, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization conference being held at the city's convention center. It didn't take long for the situation to deteriorate; after some protesters started smashing windows and occupying intersections, police officers began to use ...

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