Two new book reviews out in the world. For Kenyon Review Online, I break down David Bezmozgis’s excellent novel, The Betrayers. Then, at Numéro Cinq, I talk about Jeff Parker’s nonfiction journal/travelogue, Where Bears Roam the Streets. Both books are very, very different, but they share geography, with The Betrayers set on the Crimean coastline and a large chunk of Parker’s narrative also unfolding along the warm edge of the Black Sea.
At Numéro Cinq, I reviewed Kelly Link’s new collection, the amazing Get In Trouble. Read it here.
Reviews: I talked about Diane Schoemperlen’s By the Book in the Spring 2015 print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books. You can’t read it online, but if you’re headed to AWP, you can pick up a free copy at their table. Also, at Necessary Fiction, I reviewed Shelagh Connor Shapiro’s Shape of the Sky. That one is online.
In the Winter 2015 issue of Kenyon Review Online, I talk about the story collection, When Mystical Creatures Attack!, by Kathleen Founds. As the title suggests, it’s an unusual book. I really loved it. Here’s a link to the piece.