Critical Notes

New Fiction by Lauren Groff, Bill Clinton and James Patterson and more

By Daisy Fried


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NBCC award fiction award winner (for Americanah) and fiction finalist (for Half of a Yellow Sun) is profiled in The New Yorker.

Colette Bancroft's ​review of Lauren Groff's new book of stories, Florida, appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

Board Member Gregg Barrios ​wrote about Andy Warhol and the myth of the American West for The Rivard Report.

Ellen Prentiss Campbell's review and re-discovery of the late Josephine Jacobsen's The Edge of the Sea appears on The Fiction Writers Review for “Short Story Month.”

Tobias Carroll ​reviewed Melissa Broder's The Pisces and Rita Bullwinkel's Belly Up for

​Anne Charles​' review of Nicola Griffith's So Lucky appeared in the Lambda Literary Review.

Meg Waite Clayton reviewed Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean for the San Francisco Chronicle.

David Cooper reviewed The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert in the New York Journal of Books.

Jonathan Farmer ​wrote about literary power and Shane McCrae's latest book of poems, The Language of My Captor, for Kenyon Review.

Gayle Feldman remembers publisher Peter Mayer in Publishers Weekly. 

Anita Felicelli's review of Elaine Castillo's America is Not the Heart appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Lindgren ​reviewed a new biography of legendary photographer Weegee for Newsday.

Anita Belles Porterfield ​reviewed David George Haskell's The Songs of Trees for The Express-News.

Board Member Katherine A. Powers​ reviewed The President is Missing, by former President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, for Newsday.

Rebecca Renner reviewed Alice Bolin's Dead Girls ​for Broadly/Vice. 

Richard Santos ​interviewed Kevin Powers for Kirkus about his new novel, A Shout in the Ruins.

Diane Scharper reviewed Julian Barnes' The Only Story for The Weekly Standard. 

Grace Schulman, ​who won the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry in 2016, announces a memoir, ​Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage, forthcoming in August from Turtle Point Press. 

Joan Silverman ​reviewed Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon for the Portland Press Herald. 

Ron Slate reviewed 2017 NBCC non-fiction finalist Masha Gessen's Never Remember: Searching for Stalin’s Gulags in Putin’s Russia for On The Seawall.

Martha Anne Toll reviewed Helen Weinzweig's Basic Black With Pearls for Bloom. 

Paul Wilner reviewed the re-issue of Black Swans by Eve Babitz for the Journal of Alta California.

Karl Wolff reviewed Tommy Pico's Nature Poem for the New York Journal of Books.

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