by Daniel Green

Late Stories – Stephen Dixon

Through Dixon’s work we come to recognize what is most “real” about human experience: the effort to understand it.

Natural Wonders – Angela Woodward

This novel could without serious distortion be called a love story, albeit more about the natural wonder of its absence than its presence.

Silence and Song – Melanie Rae Thon

Silence and Song is Thon’s most radical experiment in form and lyrical expression.

Book of Numbers – Joshua Cohen

The reader is put in the same position toward the novel’s depicted world as the protagonist is toward his own life, alienated as he is from his marriage and his career.

I, Bartleby – Meredith Quartermain

I, Bartleby is reluctant to provide those markers we most associate with “short stories.”

Satin Island – Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy’s fiction quite palpably poses a challenge to entrenched reading habits and subverts conventional literary practice.

The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson

Johnson seems content to produce an entertainment of the kind Graham Greene claimed to periodically write, a novel that engages the author’s characteristic themes, but in a manner that seems safely familiar.

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

If the prose style we encounter is initially resistant to our usual expectations, it acquires its own kind of clarity in advancing the narrative.

Beautiful Soul – Joshua Corey

Beautiful Soul, in its scrupulous attention to phrase and image in almost every sentence, could be called an attempt to bring the characters and their milieu to life through the vigor of the words on the page.

The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt

If conceptual art often reduces the experience of art to the contemplation of the idea that the art serves to bring into focus, The Blazing World settles for the ideas leading to the ideas leading to the art whose existence must remain imaginary.