Uwe Johnson’s magnum opus Anniversaries, which catalogs the life of its protagonist for the span of a year, is a sharp exploration of the daily effort to preserve shared truths.
The first U.S. novel to treat the 2016 election at length aims for timeliness rather than genuine insight into a dramatic political moment.
Samuel Park’s last novel explores how one person’s sense of self can be absorbed into another’s need.
The iconoclastic author, whose six-volume autobiographical novel is now complete in English, has lost his faith in radical self-exposure. What happened?
A spate of women-authored speculative fiction imagines detailed worlds of widespread infertility, criminalized abortion, and flipped power dynamics.
Two new memoirs trace their authors’ rise into the meritocratic elite, confronting pernicious myths and brutal realities along the way.
The author started a project on loneliness by asking this simple question. Many people quickly recounted experiences, often with surprising specificity.
Marina Benjamin’s new memoir aims to soothe the sleepless.
Nicole Chung explains how an essay about sailing taught her to embrace her fears as she worked up to writing her memoir, All You Can Ever Know.
In her new book, Rebecca Traister invokes rage to unify women in a battle against men. But being mad can prove divisive, too.
In Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston challenges the American public’s narrow view of the African continent, the transatlantic slave trade, and the diasporic cultures that came as a result of it.
As my family and my adopted country endured dramatic change, I learned to find solace in the kinds of written recipes I was taught to reject growing up.
A new book makes the case for the primacy of the female libido, and for a societal reckoning with that reality.
Sam Anderson’s ambitious new book about Oklahoma City reanimates a place that has too often been portrayed as simplistic.
Pat Barker’s retelling of The Iliad imagines the Trojan War from the perspective of a female slave fought over by two Greek heroes.
In 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, the author Craig Brown captures Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister perfectly.
With the graphic novel On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden has created a science-fiction universe of queer love, crumbling ruins, and magical forests. It might piss off the genre’s purists.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel is a surprisingly apt primer on the president of the United States.
The debut from the Ghanaian British author Michael Donkor explores the life of a domestic worker in London, while rejecting the common impulse to focus on more aspirational immigrant stories.