Critical Notes

Roundup: Barbara Kingsolver, Sylvia Plath, Sergio Troncoso, and More

By Mark Athitakis

Collette Bancroft reviews Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behavior for the Tampa Bay Times.

David Biespiel discusses the work of Sylvia Plath at his Poetry Wire column for the Rumpus.

C.M. Mayo reviews two books by Sergio Troncoso, Cross Borders and From This Wicked Patch of Dust, for Literal.

Philip Belcher reviews Yusuf Komunyakaa’s NBCC finalist poetry collection, The Chameleon Couch, for Ploughshares.

Robert K. Landers reviews Shawn Francis Peters’ The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era for the Wall Street Journal.

Andrea Scrima reviews a new translation of Robert Walser’s The Walk for the Brooklyn Rail.

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