Annalisa Quinn

Annalisa Quinn appears in the following:

'I Am No One:' Feels Like Somebody's Watching Me

Thursday, July 07, 2016

In Patrick Flanery's new novel, the border between mental illness and justified paranoia grows porous as average guy Jeremy begins to fear he's under surveillance. But is he? It's never quite clear.


Gay Talese Disavows His Disavowal Of His New Book

Friday, July 01, 2016

Talese had told The Washington Post he wouldn't promote his new nonfiction book, The Voyeur's Motel, after the paper found flaws in its story. But now he says the book will go ahead as planned.


A Toast To The Toast, The Site That Was Just For You. Yes, Even You

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Toast — the funny, literary feminist website, gleeful kneecapper of high culture, center of cheerful misandry, and habitat of the courteous commenter — is closing. We have an appreciation.


Annie Proulx's 'Barkskins' Is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Annie Proulx's epic new novel is a multigenerational, multi-century epic about the fall of forests before human depredation — just don't think about how many trees went into its 700-plus pages.


Yes, All Men (And Everyone Else) Need To Read 'Sex Object'

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jessica Valenti's powerful new memoir examines the toll sexism takes on women's lives. Sex Object doesn't offer solutions; instead, it bears witness to the daily grind of harassment and hatred.


'The Hatred Of Poetry' Feels Personal

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Novelist Ben Lerner takes on poetry in his new book, an academic dissection of the ways we love and hate that ancient art. But sometimes he seems like he's talking about his own thinly-veiled hatred.


'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do.


'Smoke' Author Dan Vyleta Keeps It Messy

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines a world where inner faults and sins are made visible by black smoke curling from bodies. He says his big, sprawling narratives were inspired by the works of Dickens.


'Little Labors' Is No Small Feat

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rivka Galchen's meditation on motherhood is wry, low-key and non-linear, inspired by the 11th-century Japanese classic The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon — and the sleep-deprived brains of new parents.


'The Red Parts' Offers No Easy Answers

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Author Maggie Nelson's aunt was murdered decades ago. Her new book chronicles the trial that ensues when the old, cold case is reopened. It's an uneasy masterpiece that avoids quick catharsis.


Healing And Horror Sit Side By Side In 'Little Red Chairs'

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Edna O'Brien's new book is set in a little Irish village disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, a war criminal in hiding whose murderous hands can heal as well as kill.


Placid Madonnas Please Antisocial Men Of Genius In 'Almanac'

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Madness and genius make a familiar literary couple whose success with readers, I suspect, depends on a certain amount of gratified vanity: who wouldn't like to imagine that their moods and eccentricities are down to brilliance? Ethan Canin's new novel is about the "the unremitting quarantine" of this type of ...


Taking A Timeout From Time — It's A Family Thing

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Waldy Tolliver wakes to find himself "excused from time" (excused, as if time were PE class or jury duty). It's 8:47 – it stays 8:47. "Time moves freely around me," he writes from the cramped apartment of his eccentric, dead twin aunts, "gurgling like a whirlpool, fluxing like a quantum ...


Family Is Tyranny Writ Small In 'Kookooland'

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editor's note: This review contains a word some readers may find offensive

"I'm sorry," was the first thing Gloria Norris' mother said to her father when he came into the hospital room after the baby was born. "I'm sorry it wasn't a boy."

Girls, Gloria soon learns from her father, ...


'Good On Paper' Swings From Scholarly To Zany

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shira is a frustrated temp and Ph.D. dropout, living in Manhattan with her daughter, Andi, and best friend and co-parent, Ahmad. She quits one menial job to another, tired of stuffing envelopes and being told to smile. Her past is scarred with abandonments: most bruisingly, a mother who left her ...


'The Road To Little Dribbling' Is A (Mostly) Pleasant Journey

Sunday, January 24, 2016

You arrive in England confident. Why shouldn't you be? You speak the language, you've seen Downton Abbey, and as a teenager you nurtured an inexplicable but ardent crush on Tony Blair. It will be like America, but quainter.

It's only after a few months that the strangeness begins to sink ...


Simplicity And Restraint Make 'Lucy Barton' Shine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress," goes the first line of Middlemarch. Simplicity is a brave choice in a novel as well as in a dress: it means there are no forgiving distractions and no flattering cuts. In My ...


Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!'

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Diana Athill is, by her own account, a very old woman. At 98, she lives in a home for the elderly in North London. This small and lovely book is a collection of favorite memories that return to Athill at the end of her life: heartbreak, yes, a miscarriage, but ...


'Shame And Wonder' Is Light On Shame, Heavy On Wonder

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Shame and Wonder is a series of wandering essays on cartoons, comic books, model rockets and other passions of a midcentury boyhood, as well as meditations on travel and friends and whatever else drifts into its slow and dreamy orbit. And everywhere, David Searcy finds the strange and marvelous in ...


Rowling's Magic Needs No Spells In 'Career Of Evil'

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The third and grisliest mystery from Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling's alter ego, opens with a woman's severed leg. "It's not even my size," complains one-legged detective Cormoran Strike when the grim package is delivered to his assistant.

Under the limb are lyrics to Blue Oyster Cult's "Mistress of the Salmon ...