by Daniel Green

Personhood – Thalia Field

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PERSONHOOD suggests that Thalia Field’s audacious verbal imagination has started to become merely the available instrument for promulgating an increasingly familiar message.

Daybook from Sheep Meadow – Peter Dimock

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It really is hard to imagine a novel more devoted to a polemical, political purpose than DAYBOOK FROM SHEEP MEADOW.

Echo Tree – Henry Dumas

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[ECHO TREE] surely does underscore Dumas’s talent as a writer of fiction, although at the same time reminding us that he was so barbarously prevented from fully harvesting that talent.

Tight Little Vocal Cords – Loie Rawding

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What, then, distinguishes such a novel as TIGHT LITTLE VOCAL CORDS from the very many novels — going back to the very beginning of the form — that assimilate “other” modes of writing

The Masochist – Katja Perat

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Readers of THE MASOCHIST in translation may be less aware of Perat’s poetic prose, but few are likely to experience this as something that undermines the cogency of Nadezhda Moser’s voice.

Alice Knott – Blake Butler

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Butler’s now habitual formal and stylistic maneuvers are beginning to seem more apparent.

Ghost Dance – Carole Maso

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Neither Maso nor her characters are afraid to transgress presumed boundaries.

Meander, Spiral, Explode – Jane Alison

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Why would the exploration of the formal possibilities (in all their complexity) not be just as crucial to the integrity of fiction as evoking emotion in the reader?

Tonic and Balm – Stephanie Allen

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The attempt to extract from history an elegiac redemption story may not entirely avoid superimposing a present idealization on the past.