Journalists are in the business of finding facts and telling secrets, and these aren’t the acts that move a story of Washington intrigue forward.
Eric Carle’s colorful story about metamorphosis remains a staple of baby showers and classroom bookshelves 50 years after its release.
Amy Hempel’s best short stories reveal how rich spareness can be.
Leo Tolstoy did it. So did Gabriel García Márquez and the Tintin comics. Sometimes, the unusual literary device can amplify a story’s meaning tremendously.
Chloe Aridjis’s Sea Monsters doesn’t care much for plot, instead seductively gathering energy through images, repetition, and metaphor.
A new collection revives the legacy of one of India’s most confounding writers.
The most amusing pleasure of a campus novel is a particular sort of reveal: the topic of a character’s book or dissertation.
Why one writer still reads the wildly popular books with a mixture of love and disappointment, 60 years after they were revised to remove racist content
Sarah Moss’s new novel about Iron Age reenactors could have been a plain Brexit parable. Instead, it’s a deeper exploration of societal cruelty.
The Man Booker finalist’s second book explores the transcontinental sacrifices made for love. It’s also an acute narrative about the indignities of traveling as an outsider.
What the debut writer Kristen Roupenian learned from a masterful tale that dramatizes the horrors of being a young woman
Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation takes aim at the EU.
The author is best known for arguing that emotional connection could help heal America’s racial divides. But his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk focused instead on the bonds that held black people together.
A collection of political fables from late-19th- and early-20th-century Great Britain offers striking allegories that remain pertinent today.
Dance of the Happy Shades introduces young, female protagonists confronting expectations as firmly rooted as the rural landscape in which they live.
The author frequently satirized those with bad literary habits—and, in her novels, gave audiences a model for how to read well.
In Hark, the characters are distracted, and their author veers between satire and sincerity.
Chris Power’s debut collection, Mothers, reveals that maternity is an unsettling journey.
The unsettling stories in The Lonesome Bodybuilder are deeply preoccupied with the yawning disconnect between people.
For one writer, Gustave Flaubert’s tragic masterpiece has an offbeat and deeply poignant connection to Thanksgiving.