Maureen Corrigan

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Life in the Middles Ages is more gross than engrossing in this ruthless novel

Monday, June 27, 2022

Ottessa Moshfegh's Lapvona follows the life of Marek, a 13-year-old peasant boy who lives in a cruel world of sadism and stink, cannibalism and self-flagellation.


'Greenland' revives E.M. Forster — and spins a tale of racism and self-discovery

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In David Santos Donaldson's debut novel, a young gay Black man gets some supernatural relationship advice from the Black lover of a famous white British writer, both of them long dead.


'The Facemaker' profiles the British surgeon who treated WWI's disfigured soldiers

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Lindsey Fitzharris' new book tells the true story of Harold Gillies, a British surgeon whose team worked to reconstruct the faces of some of the 280,000 men who suffered facial trauma during WWI.


These 4 novels will get your summer off to a terrific start

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Book critic Maureen Corrigan has been diving into lighter literary novels and mysteries, searching for books suited for the beginning of summer. Here are some of her picks.


You can't 'Trust' this novel. And that's a very good thing

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Hernan Diaz's novel is constantly pulling a fast one on the reader. It opens with the saga of a Wall Street tycoon, but soon another narrative comes to upend the truth of everything that came before.


In 'Tasha,' a son tries to make sense of his smart, difficult mother

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

In this droll, emotionally wrenching and profound memoir, novelist Brian Morton attempts to see his mother as a whole person — not just in relation to him, or, God forbid, as an eccentric "character."


Emily St. John Mandel tackles the big questions in 'Sea of Tranquility'

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Mandel's latest work is an ingeniously constructed, deeply absorbing novel that summons up three fully realized worlds in three distinct time periods — including the 25th century.


Brace yourself for 'Young Mungo,' a nuanced heartbreaker of a novel

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Scottish author Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, in 2020. His latest work is a suspense story wrapped around a novel of acute psychological observation.


Virginia Hamilton's 'liberation literature' continues to open doors for young readers

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Hamilton was the most award-winning YA author in American literary history, and the first Black author to win a Newbery Medal. A new collection showcases five of her most haunting novels.


Still waters run deep in 'The Swimmers,' a brilliant novel about routine and identity

Monday, March 14, 2022

In Julie Otsuka's novel, a rag-tag group of regulars is disrupted when a crack appears at the bottom of the community pool. The Swimmers explores how mundane routines shape our days.


With a nod to 'Lolita,' 'Vladímír' makes a sly statement about sex and power

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Julia May Jonas' debut novel centers around a women's lit professor whose feminist credentials are jeopardized because of her husband's bad behavior — and by her own relationship with a colleague.


'Free Love' puts a '60s spin on a Jane Austen-style novel of manners

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Tessa Hadley's sharp new novel centers on a middle-aged wife and mother who falls for a much younger musician. Free Love is a domestic novel that's as eclectic and alive as the times it captures.


'To Paradise' is an inspired and vivid puzzle that doesn't quite come together

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hanya Yanagihara's much anticipated 700-page novel is a deliberately difficult work, made of up dazzling moments that tend lose their luster when pressed together.


'The Latinist' is an academic suspense story, with just a touch of Agatha Christie

Monday, January 10, 2022

Set in the claustrophobic world of academia, Mark Prins' debut novel is saturated with references to Classical mythology and, like the best thrillers, is ingenious in its sinister simplicity.


In 'Sea State,' life gets rocky when a journalist gets involved with her subject

Monday, December 20, 2021

Tabitha Lasley spent six months in Aberdeen, Scotland, interviewing men who work on offshore oil rigs. Along the way, she had an all-consuming affair with one of the very first men she interviewed.


Literary fiction dominates Maureen Corrigan's 2021 Best Books list

Monday, December 13, 2021

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan says 2021 was a spectacular year for literary fiction. As such, her annual Best Books list is exclusively composed of novels and short story collections.


'The Sinner and the Saint' masterfully unpacks a Dostoevsky classic

Monday, November 22, 2021

Kevin Birmingham's deeply researched biography details the radical political fervor that almost destroyed Dostoevsky's life — and the real-life murder that inspired Crime and Punishment.


Louise Erdrich's disquieting new novel will keep you on your toes

Monday, November 08, 2021

Set in a haunted Minneapolis bookshop over the course of one very momentous year, The Sentence is an ambitious novel, featuring a sinister ghost, a country in tumult and Erdrich's own shifting style.


'My Monticello' grapples with the past, present and future of American racism

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

The title novella of Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's debut is set in the near future in Charlottesville, Va., where descendants of Sally Hemings' take shelter from a racist mob in Thomas Jefferson's manor.


In this new political thriller, a familiar pantsuited figure saves democracy

Monday, October 25, 2021

Co-written by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny, State of Terror centers on a female secretary of state as she races against time to out-maneuver international terrorists and homegrown traitors.