Book Review

Book reviewer Sarah Bagby looks at a pair of hefty novels.

Lauren Groff's audacious novel, Fates and Furies, is an astounding portrait of a marriage. Amazing sentences build seductive paragraphs that breathe life into every providential scene.

For me, a good book has well drawn characters, an intriguing plot, language that disappears so I am transported, the transcendence of an individual’s experience to the universal, and finally redemption or resolution. The Thing About Jellyfish, a debut novel for middle-grade readers by Ali Benjamin, is a good book.

Book reviewer Sarah Bagby says a new novel pays tribute to earlier work, but still manages to be a true original.

I have been a sucker for the beguiling voice of Elizabeth Gilbert ever since I read her profile of Hank Williams III in the December 2000 issue of GQ.

I sought out the books she’d published before that article and have read everything since. She had a freak success with her love-it-or deal-with-it memoir Eat Pray Love.

Andrew Malan Milward, a Lawrence, Kan. native, received accolades from Stewart O’Nan and Lauren Groff for his Kansas stories, The Agriculture Hall of Fame. His latest collection, I Was a Revolutionary, expands Milward’s examination of his home state through the art of fiction.

The scene that opens Bill Clegg's impressive novel Did You Ever Have A Family is of a fire burning down Jane Ried's home.

Stephanie Clifford is a crime writer for the New York Times. She moved to New York from Seattle and has the perfect vantage point to tell the age-old story of wanting what we can’t have.

Kate Walbert's elegant and compact new novel The Sunken Cathedral takes its name from a composition by Debussy, who is said in the book to be to music what Cezanne is to painting--Impressionist.

"My mother and father named me Aron, but my father said they should have named me, ‘What Have You Done,’ and my uncle told everyone they should have called me, ‘What Were You Thinking.’"