Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

'Eleven Hours' Vividly Depicts The Beauty And Brutality Of Childbirth

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pamela Erens' new novel takes place in the maternity ward of a New York hospital as a pregnant nurse assists in another woman's labor. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a fierce read.


A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."


Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Betsy Lerner writes about joining her 83-year-old mother's weekly bridge club in her new book, which critic Maureen Corrigan calls a "smart and colorful memoir."


From A Whaling Ship To A Mysterious Painting, New Novels Deliver Big Thrills

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Ian McGuire's The North Water and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos are suspenseful historical novels that may just give readers nightmares.


A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O'Brien's 'Little Red Chairs'

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A charismatic stranger in a remote Irish village turns out to be a war criminal in O'Brien's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book one of O'Brien's "best and most ambitious novels yet."


This Novel Doesn't Find Meaning In Cancer, It Gives Its Malevolence Full Due

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Charles Bock could have chosen to write this story as an autobiography. Alice & Oliver is based on a real-life nightmare in which his wife — then a young mother — was diagnosed with leukemia.


Mysterious Keys Unlock Surreal Landscapes In 'What Is Yours Is Not Yours'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade.


Men Are Momentary, But Art Is Forever In 'Innocents And Others'

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dana Spiotta's new novel centers on a friendship between two female filmmakers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an uncanny work, whose characters and ideas linger "long after the story is over."


Provocative Book Explores The Connection Between Loneliness And Art

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Olivia Laing surveys the landscape of urban alienation in her new book, a work that is part-memoir and part-criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Lonely City is "absolutely one of a kind."


'Doubter's Almanac' Is A Family Saga, Plus Algebraic Equations

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ethan Canin traces the complicated lives of two generations of mathematical geniuses in his new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an "elegant and devastating novel."


'The Yid' Puts A Brash, Screwball Spin On Soviet Anti-Semitism

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Paul Goldberg's debut novel is an ambitious historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Yid is a wildly inventive "what if" story.


'Portable Veblen' Puts A Quirky Spin On Marriage And Family

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Elizabeth McKenzie's new novel about the pitfalls of approaching marriage is a sharply written romantic comedy with elements of experimental fiction. Maureen Corrigan calls it "totally endearing."


Childhood Resentments Mix With Tragedy In 'The Past'

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Four adult siblings agree to spend one final summer vacation together in Tessa Hadley's new novel. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says The Past is "as disturbing as it is diverting."


Revisiting The 'Last Interview' Of Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick And Nora Ephron

Monday, January 11, 2016

A series of books published by Melville House gathers together the final interviews conducted with prominent deceased writers and thinkers. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the latest in the series.


Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2015: Short(ish) Books That Pack A Big Punch

Monday, December 07, 2015

This year, short stories and fragmented intense memoirs — along with the incredible true story of a short-haired dog — dominate Maureen Corrigan's best books list.


Gaitskill Spins A Swirling Tale Of Love, Delusion And Horses In 'The Mare'

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mary Gaitskill's new novel chronicles the complex relationship between a poor black girl from Brooklyn and her middle-aged white benefactors. Maureen Corrigan calls The Mare a "raw, beautiful story."


'This Old Man' Is A Wry, Nimble Take On Life, Aging And Baseball

Thursday, November 12, 2015

At 95, New Yorker editor Roger Angell has written decades' worth of books and articles. Maureen Corrigan says it's a great pleasure to spend time in the company of his latest book, This Old Man.


'Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise' Educates But Doesn't Entertain Its Readers

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Oscar Hijuelos' posthumously published novel chronicles the friendship between Mark Twain and explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Maureen Corrigan says the book lacks the magic of Hijuelos' best work.


Spellbinding 'Witches' Offers A Fresh Take On A Familiar Story

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In her new book, Stacy Schiff evokes the world of Salem, Mass., and the bitter winter of 1692 when 19 people were hanged for witchcraft. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan calls The Witches a "haunting" tale.


Poetic And Expansive, 'City On Fire' Ultimately Falls Short Of Its Reach

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel is an intricately-plotted story set in chaotic 1970s New York. Critic Maureen Corrigan says City On Fire has much to admire, even if its ending falls flat.