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Tell Me All the Dirty Words You Know (The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford)

Every great novel sets up expectations early on and then, at some point, subverts them in a way that is surprising and unsettling yet not a betrayal of the reader; Jean Stafford’s  105 more words

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The House Made of Sugar

Silvina Ocampo | The House Made of Sugar: a short story from the collection Thus Were Their Faces | NYRB Classics | January 2015 | 13 minutes (3,235 words) 3,561 more words


My Year In Books: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - Book #53

Title: Lucky Jim
Author: Kingsley Amis
Series: n/a
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Medium: Paperback
Awards: Somerset Maugham Award (1955)
Finished Reading: November 13, 2014… 781 more words

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Transit by Anna Seghers (NYRB Classics)

Anna Seghers, born in Germany in 1900 to a Jewish family, fled from Europe following the German invasion of France in 1940. Seghers (a Communist) and her family sailed from Marseille to Mexico in 1941 and she began to write… 1,586 more words

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Rereading: Fair Play by Tove Jansson

Photos: 1. My own. 2. Klovharu, or Haru, Tove & Tuulikka’s atoll-shaped island on the Gulf of Finland. Photo: Per Olov Jansson © Moomin Characters™. 952 more words


Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker (NYRB Classics)

Cassandra at the Wedding (first published in 1962) will make my end-of-year highlights, no doubt about it. As this novel opens, Cassandra Edwards, a graduate student at Berkeley, is preparing to drive home to her family’s ranch for the wedding of her identical twin sister, Judith. 1,472 more words

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Testing the Current by William McPherson (NYRB Classics)

First published in 1984 and reissued by NYRB Classics in 2013, William McPherson’s excellent first novel Testing the Current harks back to a bygone age. Set in the late 1930s in a small town in Michigan near the Canadian border, the novel focuses on one year in the life of eight-year-old Tommy MacAllister. 1,482 more words

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