Alan Cheuse

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'Aurora' Journeys In A New Direction

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Veteran California science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson grounds his new novel squarely in a recognizable convention: the generation ship. In this case, it's a 26th century starship sent from Earth to find a home in some distant galaxy, as generations live and die onboard during the long journey.

"We've been ...


'The Cartel' Is A True Crime Adventure With A Killer Protagonist

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The dedication of Don Winslow's novel The Cartel is nearly two pages long: a list of journalists who were either murdered or "disappeared" in Mexico between 2004 and 2012 — the period covered in this hugely hypnotic new thriller.

That's only a small number of victims compared to the total ...


'Meteor' Is A Fiery Ride Through American History

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Only last year, New Jersey writer Norman Lock brought out The Boy in His Winter, his time-travel version of Huck and Jim's passage along a great American river, and the river of time. In his new novel, American Meteor, Lock demonstrates that he doesn't have to lean on other people's ...


'Mazie' Pays Homage To A Real-Life Saint Of The Streets

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Mazie of Jami Attenberg's new novel is Mazie Phillips Gordon — an actual New Yorker. Though born in Boston just at the end of the 19th century, she moved to New York City at the age of 10 to live with her sister Rosie. An attractive girl with a ...


Book Review: 'The Black Snow,' Paul Lynch

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews Paul Lynch's second novel, The Black Snow.


A 'Pinch' Of Magic Seasons This Half-Fantastical Neighborhood History

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

You may have read about an imaginary Southern piece of turf where the past presses on the present with such force that characters find themselves transformed with the pressure of it, where the landscape comes alive, where human beings seem sometimes like gods and sometimes like devils, and the language ...


'Black Snow' Is A Lyrical Landscape Of Hope And Menace

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Former Dublin newsman Paul Lynch made his debut as a novelist a few years ago with a book called Red Sky in Morning, set in mid-19th century County Donegal, where a rage-driven farmer has committed a murder with devastating results. The Black Snow, Lynch's second novel, returns us to Donegal, ...


Book Review: 'The New World'

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews the novel, The New World, by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz.


A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

Monday, May 04, 2015

When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, her family and neighbors in the small Irish village where she was born tossed copies into a bonfire expressly set for that horrifying purpose. Nearly 60 years later, the country girl herself has long since moved to London, ...


Book Review: 'The Language Of Paradise'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews The Language of Paradise by Barbara Klein Moss.


Book Review: Rachel Kushner, 'The Strange Case Of Rachel K'

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews author Rachel Kushner's collection of short stories, The Strange Case of Rachel K.


Book Review: 'Voices In The Night'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews Steven Millhauser's new short story collection, Voices in the Night.


Book Review: Jo Nesbo, 'Blood On Snow'

Monday, April 06, 2015

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews the new novel by crime writer Jo Nesbo, Blood On Snow.


'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.


Book Review: 'The Discreet Hero'

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alan Cheuse reviews one of his all-time favorite authors, Nobel Prize-winning Mario Vargas Llosa. His new book is called The Discreet Hero, and it was translated by Edith Grossman.


In Vargas Llosa's Latest, Dickens Meets Soap Opera

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Discreet Hero is set in two Peruvian cities, the provincial desert town of Piura and the metropolis of Lima, and tells of two aging businessmen, each of whom we meet on the verge of life-changing situations.

A transportation company owner from Piura, Felicito Yanaque, has spent most of his ...


Montana's Almost Crowded Now, Thanks To The Colorful Characters Of 'Crow Fair'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

I recall with a certain fondness a summer evening long ago at the Bennington Summer Writing Workshops, when Montana resident Richard Ford opened a reading from the work of Montana writer William Kittredge by saying, "Well, it's Montana Night at the workshops, and it's just like Montana. Hours will go ...


Book Review: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

Friday, February 27, 2015

Alan Cheuse reviews a new experimental novel by Tom McCarthy called Satin Island.


Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.


Book Review: 'The Evening Chorus'

Monday, February 16, 2015

Alan Cheuse reviews The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphries.