Critical Notes

Roundup: J.K. Rowling, Lily King, Dave Eggers and the summer’s best debut novels

By Eric Liebetrau

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“Rowling spins web of mystery in hall of mirrors.” NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg on the author's latest.

Heller McAlpin reviews Joel Dicker's breakneck thriller The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

Julia M. Klein reviews Sue Miller's The Arsonist for the Chicago Tribune. She also reviews Michael Hastings' The Last Magazine for Columbia Journalism Review.

Novelist Mohsin Hamid selects Matthew Jakubowski's experimental review, “honest work,” for the Charm Quark award in the 3QD Arts & Literature Prize 2014.

Daniel Dyer reviews Michael Blanding's The Map Thief.

Megan Labrise interviews Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, for the cover of Kirkus Reviews. She also speaks with debut novelist Alyson Foster.

Barbara Hoffert explores the summer's best debut novels.

“When you do not allow yourself to follow your impulses, it’s not that you are eluding or destroying those impulses. Instead, you’re converting what was potentially necessary to your imagination into something darker, less stable, and more insidious. Avoidance destroys your creative imagination. Avoidance destroys your ability to write.” NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

Rhonda Browning White reviews Jon Sealy's debut novel, The Whiskey Baron.

Robert Birnbaum on the reissue of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari reviews Lily King's Euphoria.

“Friendship: A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger.” Maureen Corrigan reviews Emily Gold's debut novel.

Benjamin Moser reviews American Crucifixion by Alex Beam.

Eggers' career travels a fascinating path. NBCC board member Mark Athitakis reviews the author's new novel.