‘Running’ by Cara Hoffman

Running has plenty of dazzle; it races atop remarkable sentences. But at its core are two people who, accustomed to getting by on nothing, have no idea what to do with the bounties that befall them: success, family, love… read more

'Travels with Casey' by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

It’s a strange thing. We never really know what our pets are feeling, and yet we’re so often convinced they either love us or hate us. Consider Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author and owner of a nine-year-old Labrador-Golden Retriever mix. “Casey’s really good at looking miserable,” Denizet-Lewis complains to his psychoanalyst. He hopes his upcoming cross-country road… read more

'Revolutionary' by Alex Myers

While still rooted in the loss and triumph of bloody battles, Myers challenges the well-worn patriot’s tale by focusing on Deborah Sampson Gannett, a real-life historical figure who successfully disguised herself as a man in order to enlist in the Revolutionary army…. read more

John Irving: Sexuality, Empathy, and Humanity

“There’s no question that I’ve always identified with a wide range of sexual desires.”

By now, John Irving trusts his audience to suspend its recognition of his set pieces—something like a regional stage director presenting a re-purposed backdrop. In his latest novel, In One Person, those mainstays —an absentee father, wrestling mats, “sexual outsiders”— are transformed through a shift in point of view and tone (less darkly comic, more serious). Moreover, this time out, someone in Irving’s world fesses up to harboring bisexual desires.
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