Book review – American fiction

Another ‘big book’ — with big problems — from Jonathan Franzen

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Purity, comes with great expectations. Its author’s awareness of this fact is signalled by a series…

Edith Pearlman in 2012

The short story in Britain today: enough to make Conan Doyle weep

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I am not sure if it’s properly understood quite what a crisis the short story is now in. Superficial signs…

Cowboys and Muslims: that’s the new global power struggle, according to the latest great American novel

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’ When ‘The…