by Jesse Miller

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.