PositiveBooklist[A] delightfully sly comedy of manners ...Readers will take in décor of the one-percent, jealous riffs on famous writers, and caricatured liberals and conservatives with voyeuristic glee.
PositiveBooklistButler’s inventive mind-game is a dire warning about our numbing obsession with entertainment, our degradation of the planet, how we measure the value of art and creativity, and our unanswered hunger for meaning and belief ... Alice struggles to understand who she is—like most humans, but times 10—and what is real. Butler uses this complex dystopian puzzle to explore age-old existential questions made new and newly alarming by scientific advances and late-stage capitalism.
RaveBooklist... a powerful evocation of loss and yearning ... With masterful skill, McCorkle weaves among time periods and points of view ... McCorkle offers a poignant meditation on the timeless question: is there existence beyond the grave? Her metaphors expand her reach beyond the simple clichés that our lives are a blink in time, and her tale dramatizes how attaining meaningful understanding has always been the true challenge between wife and husband, parent and child. McCorkle testifies to the ageless nobility of human beings who want the next generation to do better. A deeply moving and insightful triumph.
RaveBooklistO’Neill’s...occasionally off-kilter sentences are metonymic experiences, creating an immersion in the confusing swirl of information which spies navigate with life-and-death consequences. This challenging, slow-burning, yet suspenseful tale is a frame for O’Neill’s powerful and chilling warning to consider the choices we are making. With an astounding grasp of the issues confronting our age, an assured depiction of a multitude of diverse characters, and a distinctive style all her own, she ranges from movingly sensual descriptions to sharp observations, from wordplay to gut punches. In sum, this is a poignant lament for our time’s lost generation, which may be all of us.
PositiveBooklistIn her poetic first novel, Matalone probes the meaning of home and family ... These vivid characters revisit their pasts and make plans to build a place \'where happiness can bloom.\' ... The layers of meaning Matalone evokes provide a rich trove for discussion.
RaveBooklistEnright’s indelible images of the primal love between mother and daughter that ebbs, flows, and ultimately abides will stick with readers ... Enright portrays her characters in precise, vivid detail and composes their interior architecture with inspired insight into all of humanity. In this powerfully poetic, psychologically and philosophically astute, and ultimately uplifting novel, the difficulty of truly knowing someone, even your own self, given the tricks of remembering and misremembering, is a dominant theme. The ups and downs of the artist’s life, the dynamic between those who create and those who can’t, the cost of fame, and the timely topic of how two generations of women confront, in different ways, the imperious power of men add to the depth and brilliance of this artful work.
Marie Renee Lavoie
PositiveBooklistReaders who themselves may have come to the end of their own \'forever,\' can walk a vicarious mile in Diane’s shoes—actually, an overpriced pair of stunning blue Italian boots, a rebound-purchase funded by selling her wedding ring. In scenes sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, Diane survives this searing journey to dance to her own beat.