by John Cussen

Under the Wave at Waimea – Paul Theroux

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If more readers both learned and otherwise knew how to take his imagination’s curious, off-kilter offerings, Paul Theroux’s name would be higher on that ranking’s leader board than it currently is.

A Country Road, A Tree – Jo Baker

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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

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[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

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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

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