by Daniel Green

The Solitary Twin – Harry Mathews

To fully appreciate the fiction of Harry Mathews, we must take the notion of “game” not in the sense used by many critics to imply frivolity and lack of purpose, but as an activity that poses a challenge.

Strawberry Fields – Hilary Plum

If STRAWBERRY FIELDS deflects some of our attention away from the usual interest in plot and character, its formal arrangement deftly reinforces its ethical ambitions.

The Unmapped Country – Ann Quin

The substance of Ann Quin’s novels are not to be found in their stories but in the ways in which Quin displaces the story without ever quite abandoning it.

Solar Bones – Mike McCormack

Perhaps the novel’s greatest value is in demonstrating that unorthodox writing strategies need not make a literary work difficult for a patient reader.

Worlds from the Word’s End — Joanna Walsh

In stories such as these, Walsh relies more heavily on continuous narrative than in VERTIGO, but still underscores what is not revealed, what acquires meaning only when unspoken.

Anatomy of Thought-Fiction: CHS Report 2214 – Joanna Demers

The line between fiction and nonfiction, the creative and the critical, may have by now become blurrier and blurrier, but perhaps there is after all a point where to call an act of writing “fiction” only obscures that work’s actual achievement

The Fabrications – Baret Magarian

By employing the omniscient method, Magarian is almost necessarily ruling out the kind of detailed probing of his characters’ psychological states we have perhaps come to expect in fiction.

The Kingdom of the Young – Edie Meidav

Although Meidav’s writing is lucid and subtly evocative, it really makes no effort to be “lyrical” or “rhapsodic.”

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.