by Jesse Miller

The Book of Happenstance – Ingrid Winterbach

If there is something both moving and reassuring about looking back to the classics, to those texts, paintings, and sculptures of beauty that both precede and will surpass our lives and at the same time speak to us at a human level, what then do we make of the shell?

Fatale – Jean-Patrick Manchette

The genius of Manchette’s reimagining of noir is that his political sympathies never weigh the text down, but rather subtly reveal the resonances and inclinations already inherent in the genre.

Pulse – Julian Barnes

Barnes approaches big questions about human relationships and finds no simple answers, but in setting his parameters narrow, he is able to dig deep, forgoing the pyrotechnics of ardor and the convictions of youth for measured uncertainty and emotional ambivalence.

Are We There Yet?

Two coming-of-age novels take us to the middle of nowhere.