Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

'The Outer Cape' Shows Us That Every Place Has A Dark Side

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Patrick Dacey puts his characters through the wringer in his new novel, a wrenching saga of a profoundly unhappy family set against the ostensibly idyllic background of Cape Cod.


'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scott McClanahan's semi-autobiographical novel is packed with loss, pain and existential anguish, but his narrator — also named Scott — refuses to give up, no matter how often he's knocked down.


'So Much Blue' Is Percival Everett's Best Yet

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

By turns funny, shocking and heartbreaking, Everett's new novel follows a painter who's deeply ambivalent about his apparently idyllic life and digs into the moments in his past that shaped him.


'Stephen Florida' Goes To The Mat — And Wins

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Gabe Habash's audacious coming-of-age novel follows a charismatic, troubled, sometimes repellent college wrestler who comes close to the edge of madness after an injury derails his final season.


A Dancer Is Unstrung By Grief In 'Isadora'

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The great American dancer Isadora Duncan led a tragic life, and her worst year — just after the deaths of her first two children in an accident, forms the core of Amelia Gray's powerful new novel.


'Seeing People Off' Is A Short, Strange Trip

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Slovak author Jana Beňová's English language debut is a bizarre, oblique — but beautiful — series of vignettes about a couple who spend their time drinking and smoking in Bratislava coffee shops.


Eerie 'Fen' Is Full Of Dazzling, Hard-To-Explain Stories

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Daisy Johnson's story collection is set in the marshlands of eastern England — now mostly, catastrophically drained. It's beautifully creepy, hard to explain but easy to read over and over again.


David McCullough's Collected Speeches Will Give Your 'American Spirit' A Boost

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Speeches in book form are a reliable cash cow for publishers, and tend to fall into the "last minute gift idea" category. But David McCullough's new The American Spirit is a happy exception.


'My Cat Yugoslavia' Needs A Good Brushing

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pajtim Statovci's debut novel follows a Kosovar immigrant to Finland who meets a singularly unpleasant anthropomorphic cat in a Finnish gay bar. But while the story is imaginative, it lacks polish.


'What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky' Is Defiantly, Electrically Original

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Lesley Nneka Arimah's remarkable debut collection is both cohesive and varied at the same time. Grounded both in the U.S. and Nigeria, it's full of sly humor, genuine emotion and occasional horror.


'Lucky You' Is A Perfect Balance Of Humor And Tragedy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Erika Carter's intelligent, unpretentious debut follows an aimless group of friends in their 20s, whose lives spin out of control during a supposedly detoxifying trip to a remote house in the country.


'The Vine That Ate The South' Blends Folk Tales With Southern History

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rockabilly singer J.D. Wilkes hints at supernatural happenings in his novel about an unbelievable adventure through a kudzu-infested forest in western Kentucky.


In 'White Tears' Appropriation Has Horrifying Consequences

Friday, March 10, 2017

Suspense is the driving force in Hari Kunzru's thriller about two young white men who invent a fictional blues singer.


Escaping A World On Fire In 'Exit West'

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Mohsin Hamid's new novel imagines a country, never specified, swollen with refugees from an ongoing conflict — and a series of mysterious doors that appear, offering escape, but also displacement.


'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thursday, February 23, 2017

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.


Funny, Profane 'Dark Flood' Doesn't Go Gently

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Margaret Drabble's new novel follows a 70-something woman as she travels around England for her job — working with old age homes — and grumbling about how sad, funny and genuinely absurd aging is.


Memory And Loss Haunt The Stories In 'The Refugees'

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen's new collection looks at how it feels and what it means to be a refugee. It's a wonderful group of stories that prove fiction can do more than tell stories, it can bear witness.


4 Lives In Parallel Run Through Ambitious '4 3 2 1'

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Paul Auster's new novel is a departure for the author — 880 pages of flowing prose about four versions of one character, living four mostly-parallel lives. It's sometimes confusing, but never boring.


Lost In Whimsy, 'Perfect Little World' Spins Off Course

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kevin Wilson's new novel follows a pregnant teen who joins an experimental commune — but the characters in Perfect Little World never come alive, and the book suffers from an overdose of whimsy.


In 'Homesick,' Ottessa Moshfegh Makes The Unlikable Understandable

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The characters in Ottessa Moshfegh's new collection are cold, unfiltered, frequently pathetic — all suffering from unease and nameless longing, made understandable by each perfectly-built story.