Maureen Corrigan

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'Writers & Lovers' Captures The Cost Of Following A Dream That May Not Pay Off

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lily King's new novel centers on a woman who's spent six years working on her own novel. It's a story of ambition — and what happens when the markers of adult achievement are slow to materialize.


Stymied By Perfectionism, 'Scratched' Author Struggles To Break Free

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Elizabeth Tallent's profound memoir explores writer's block and the allure of perfectionism. After her third short story collection came out in 1993, she didn't publish another book for 22 years.


Dystopian Novel 'The Resisters' Drives Home The Perils Of Our Wired World

Friday, February 28, 2020

Gish Jen weaves baseball into her inspired vision of how Americans bought into the fantasy of less stress and more free time. As speculative fiction goes, The Resisters hits close to the bone.


'Djinn Patrol' Captures The Lost Light Of India's Vanished Children

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Deepa Anappara's debut novel defies characterization. Set in a sprawling Indian slum, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line centers on a trio of kids who venture out to look for a missing classmate.


2 Young Women Were Murdered In 1980, 'Rainbow Girl' Tells Their Story

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Emma Copley Eisenberg's new book, which centers on the murders of Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero, tells a haunting story of two restless women and the un-nameable desire to travel a different path.


To Stand Still Is To Die: A New Novel Follows Migrants To 'American Dirt'

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jeanine Cummins' new novel opens in Mexico, where a drug cartel has massacred 16 members of a family. A tense on-the-road ordeal follows, as a desperate mother struggles to save herself and her son.


New Collection Celebrates Jean Stafford, A Gifted Novelist Who Deserved Better

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Stafford is often remembered as wife No. 1 in the many biographies and studies of poet Robert Lowell. But a new Library of America edition of her three novels showcases her masterful writing.


Class, Culture And Sexual Identity Take Center Stage In 'Girl, Woman, Other'

Friday, December 13, 2019

Bernardine Evaristo's nuanced and entertaining Booker Prize-winning novel is told from the point of view of 12 British women of color — all just a few degrees of separation apart from each other.


Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2019: Here Are 10 Unputdownable Reads

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

This year's list is a mix of literary fiction, true crime, memoirs and essays, from acclaimed authors as well as some brand new voices — and you won't be able to put any of them down.


'The Great Pretender' Investigates A Landmark Moment In Psychiatric History

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In the '70s David Rosenhan and seven "pseudopatients" went undercover in mental health wards. Their resulting article rocked the psychiatric world. But Susannah Cahalan struggled to confirm the facts.


Essayist Ventures 'From The Greeks To Game Of Thrones' — And Back Again

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Daniel Mendelsohn is a living answer to the question, "What will a degree in Classics do for you?" His new essay collection, Ecstasy and Terror, "cross-pollinates" the classics with popular culture.


Saeed Jones' Eloquent Coming-Of-Age Is Hard To Read — And Harder To Put Down

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Jones grew up black, gay and isolated in Texas. He chronicles his wobbly path to self-affirmation in the raw and eloquent new memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives.


W.H. Auden's Poem 'September 1, 1939' Still Resonates In Times Of Crisis

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Critic Ian Sansom's deeply informed and unapologetically digressive new book dives into Auden's life — as well as the life of his singular poem.


Atwood Hints At A Brighter Future In 'Handmaid' Sequel 'The Testaments'

Monday, September 09, 2019

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments opens about 15 years after the end of The Handmaid's Tale. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the follow-up gives her what she wants most: the promise of an end to Gilead.


Katrina Destroyed 'The Yellow House' — But Inequality Eroded Its Foundation

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Sarah M. Broom's extraordinary memoir about the New Orleans home she grew up in describes decades of life lived — as well as the systemic racism that ultimately contributed to the house's destruction.


A Perfect Summer Book, 'Late Migrations' Reminds Us Of Life's Beauty And Fragility

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Margaret Renkl's vivid and original essays capture the cycle of life in a new book that will make you want to stay put, reread and savor everything about the moment.


If These 2 Titles Remind You Of Masterful Suspense Novels, They Should

Monday, August 19, 2019

Laura Lippman's Lady in the Lake recollects Raymond Chandler's fourth Philip Marlowe novel and Ruth Ware's The Turn of the Key recalls Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Happily, they both live up.


Rooted In History, 'The Nickel Boys' Is A Great American Novel

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Colson Whitehead's deeply affecting new novel is based on the true story of a segregated reform school in Florida where African American boys were brutalized and possibly murdered.


Smart And Propulsive 'Copperhead' Asks: Can You Outrun Your Family's Sins?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Alexi Zentner's new novel follows a high school football star's efforts to separate himself from his racist family. It's an unsparing story about race, class and the limits of individual possibility.


'Ask Again, Yes' Is A Profound Yet Unpretentious Family Drama

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mary Beth Keane's novel opens in 1973 New York and follows two rookie cops and their families over four decades. Her closely-observed domestic tale transforms into something deep and universal.