by John Cussen

A Country Road, A Tree – Jo Baker

Of the four big Beckett questions that have long beguiled Beckettians, Baker’s novel takes discerning throws at three.

The State We’re In: Maine Stories – Ann Beattie

[Beattie’s] tenth short fiction collection urges this existential observation: that the homosexual and heterosexual acts are not equivalent; only the latter is the terrifying, potentially co-creative, real thing.

My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff

Oh, the ironies! given Holden’s low opinion of David Copperfield. To recall, he called coming of age novels written in the Copperfield mold crap.

The Temporary Gentleman – Sebastian Barry

Against what the balladeers would tell us, nationalism has never been an all-in sentiment among the Irish.