Critical Notes

New Novels by R.O. Kwon, Donal Ryan and more!

By Daisy Fried

NBCC President Kate Tuttle talks to Alexander Chee about his new book, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, and about researching his own life, for The Boston Globe.

R.O. Kwon's debut novel The Incendiaries is getting reviewed lots of places this week, including by Anita Felicelli in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Laura Spence-Ash filed her review of Kwon's The Incendiaries at the Ploughshares blog.

Michael Lindgren reviewed Kwon's The Incendiaries for Open Letters Review.

Jenny Bhatt reviewed Tatyana Tolstaya's short story collection Aetherial Worlds (translated by Anya Migdal) for Popmatters. She also reviewed NBCC autobiography finalist Roxane Gay's first book, a 2011 short story collection Ayiti, recently re-released by Grove/Atlantic.  

Michelle Newby Lancaster reviewed Mimi Swartz's Ticker: The Quest for an Artificial Heart for Lone Star Literary Life.

Laverne Frith's review of Elizabeth Spires' A Memory of the Future: Poems appeared in the New York Journal of Books.

Joan Gelfand's new book, You Can Be a Winning Writer: the 4 C's Approach of Successful Authors Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence was just published by Mango Press.  

Pam Munter reviewed Barbara Ehrenreich's Natural Causes for Fourth & Sycamore.

For the Ploughshares blog, Laura Spence-Ash reviewed Donal Ryan's From a Low and Quiet Sea, just longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. NBCC Board Member Katharine A. Powers also reviewed  From A Low and Quiet Sea, for the Star-Tribune.

Yvonne Garrett interviewed Viv Albertine about her book To Throw Away Unopened, and interviewed Michelle Tea about her book Against Memoir, both for the Brooklyn Rail.

Brian Haman reviewed Lillian Li's Number One Chinese Restaurant and Spencer Wise's The Emperor of Shoes for the New York Times. He also reviewed Melanie Ho's Journey to the West for the LA Review of Books.

Elizabeth Rosner reviewed Ingrid Rojas' Fruit of the Drunken Tree for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Meg Waite Clayton's first monthly audiobook roundup for the San Francisco Chronicle reviews Anne Tyler's Clock Dance, Adam Fisher's Valley of Genius, and Michiko Kakutani's The Death of Truth.

Meg Waite Clayton's own sixth novel, Beautiful Exiles, about the stormy real-life love affair between Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, is just published!

Beth Kanell's new novel The Long Shadow is just out. 

Poet and NBCC member Grace Schulman's new book is a memoir, Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage (Turtle Point Press).

Robert Allen Papinchak has three reviews in the June-October issue of Strand Magazine: Peter Lovesey's Beau Death, Lynda La Plante's Widows, and PD James's Sleep No More.

At Litbhub, John Domini explains how Katherine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider has become “terribly pertinent to our times.”

Alexander C. Kafka reviewed Steven Brill's Tailspin and wrote about James Wood and his new novel Upstate for the LA Review of Books. 

Paul Wilner reviewed Vengeance, by Zachary Lazar, for ZYZZYVA magazine.

The New Yorker's David Remnick brings together Judith Thurman, NBCC biography finalist for Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, Claudia Roth Pierpont, an NBCC Criticism finalist for Passionate Minds, and first novelist Lisa Halliday to talk about Philip Roth in the #MeToo movement

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