Critical Notes

Jhumpa Lahiri, Ethan Canin, Alexander Chee, and more

By Carmela Ciuraru

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The NBCC's 30 Books in 30 Days series of critical assessements of all our finalists before the March 17 awards announcement begins, with pieces cross-posted on The Literary Hub.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson reviews Susan Jacoby's “Strange Gods” for the Barnes and Noble Review.

Anne Payne reviews Maria Konnikova's “The Confidence Game” for the Florida Times-Union.

Jonathan Russell Clark reviews Magda Szabó’s “The Door” for the Northwest Review of Books. 

Greg Wilkin reviews Nuala O'Connor's “Miss Emily” for the New York Journal of Books.

Joan Silverman reviews “In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri for the Portland Press Herald.

Julia M. Klein reviews Volker Weidermann's “Ostend” for the Forward.

Ellen Akins reviews Ethan Canin for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Alexander Chee for the Los Angeles Times.

John Domini reviews Christopher Sorrentino's “The Fugitives” for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tobias Carroll interviews John Wray and Rachel Cantor for Electric Literature; Alexander Chee and Garth Greenwell for Vol.1 Brooklyn; and Meredith Gran for Paste.