Reviews : Fiction

'Don’t Let Him Know' by Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy’s Don’t Let Him Know is a multi-generational story venturing deep into the hidden pasts of a single family over the course of decades…. read more

'The Evening Chorus' by Helen Humphreys

The power of The Evening Chorus is accumulation: a plot that unfolds at a comfortable pace, characters that feel usual, even ordinary, and thus interesting in their familiarity, and exquisite sentences… read more

'Jam on the Vine' by LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Jam on the Vine will resonate with many kinds of readers in myriad ways. Not only is it a well-researched and historically accurate account of southern African American survival, northern migration, and identity formation, it is an arresting real-world allegory…. read more

'The First Bad Man' by Miranda July

July’s talent exists in her ability to create such complex, bizarre relationships while always raising the stakes, but her carefully erected world does require a willful suspension of disbelief…. read more

'Nora Webster' by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s latest novel, Nora Webster, has landed on multiple best of the year lists. It’s a fitting tribute for a book that is largely about taking stock…. read more

'Totempole' by Sanford Friedman

Totempole’s frank dealings with sex are not only notable but distinguish it from more well-known early gay novels like The City and the Pillar read more

'Just Girls' by Rachel Gold

Let me start with a quick summary of Just Girls published by Bella Books and written by the award-winning author, Rachel Gold: brilliant, brilliant and all kinds of brilliant…. read more

‘New York 1, Tel Aviv 0’ by Shelly Oria

“[…] the book’s main draw is the Oria’s uncanny ability to create rich, fully realized characters in the span of just a few pages, and to do so in a way that demonstrates her grasp of an impressive range of styles, genres, and structures.”… read more

'Now and Yesterday' by Stephen Greco

Fresh out of college, Peter moved to New York City in 1975. Wide-eyed and determined to make it as a poet, he and his boyfriend, Harold, moved into a place in Brooklyn, ready to face whatever hurdles came their way. Fast-forward to 2012, Peter is a bigwig at an advertising agency and Harold has long… read more