"The House on Mango Street" is a debut coming-of-age novel set in Chicago, written by Sandra Cisneros—a primary figure in Chicana literature.Read More
Having given her first book the same title as Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Possessed, Elif Batuman has kept that streak going with her follow-up, but any comparison between the two would be apples and oranges.
In The Idiot, Batuman tells the story of a unique but hardly extraordinary Turkish-American Harvard freshman, and not the tumultuous life of someone like Dostoevsky’s 1868 protagonist, Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin.Read More
Don DeLillo is an undisputed master of the English language and his latest novel, Zero K, is yet another example of his gift. Themes he has long explored -- fractured families, death, terrorism, war and technology -- in earlier books like Underworld, White Noise and Libra are all in abundance in this, his seventeenth novel.