Book Reviews

“On Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative by Peter Brooks” (On the Seawall, Nov. 2022)

“On Bad Handwriting, stories by Sara Mesa, translated from the Spanish by Katie Whittemore” (On the Seawall, Sept. 2022)

“On Spell Heaven and Other Stories by Toni Mirosevich” (On the Seawall, July 2022)

“Mahsa Mohebali’s In Case of Emergency: A 24-Hour Hero’s Journey” (Words Without Borders, Jan. 2022)

“On The Anomaly, a novel by Hervé Le Tellier, translated from the French by Adriana Hunter” (On the Seawall, Nov. 2021)

“On Wild Animals Prohibited, stories by Subimal Misra, translated from the Bengali by V. Ramaswamy” (On the Seawall, August 2021)

“Dorthe Nors’ Stories Are Short, Concise, and Mysterious. Why Do They Also Feel so Weirdly Intimate? On Wild Swims” (Words Without Borders, April 2021)

“Blurring the Obvious: Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-Nan” (Kenyon Review Online, Feb. 2021)

“On Why, Why, Why? by Quim Monzó” (Fiction Writers Review, May 2020)

“In Matéi Visniec’s Mr. K Released, an Inmate Chooses Prison Over Freedom” (Words Without Borders, April 2020)

“All Times at the Same Time: On The Bottom of the Sky by Rodrigo Fresán” (Kenyon Review Online, Feb. 2020)

“Wang Anyi’s Fu Ping: An Ode to Ordinary People” (Words Without Borders, Sept. 2019)

“Disagreeable, Memorable Characters People Duanwad Pimwana’s Bright and Arid Dreams (Words Without Borders, May 2019)

“Love Is a Powerful Drug: On Tomb Song by Julián Herbert” (Kenyon Review Online, Nov. 2018)

“Review of The Concrete by Daniel Abbott” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, Issue 91, Sept. 2018)

“Hollywood Babylon: A Review of Ross McMeekin’s The Hummingbirds (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, June 2018)

“I’m So Free: On A Working Woman by Elvira Navarro” (Kenyon Review Online, March 2018)

“On Tatiana Ryckman’s I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) (Alternating Current’s The Coil, March 2018)

“If You Come to San Francisco: Review of Marcy Dermansky’s The Red Car(Kenyon Review Online, Aug. 2017)

“Something out of Nothing: Review of Rodrigo Fresán’s The Invented Part (Numéro Cinq Magazine, June 2017)

“The Lingering Ghost of an Author’s Oeuvre: Review of Robert Walser’s Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories (Electric Literature, May 2017)

“Review of Patricide by D. Foy” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, May 2017)

“Just Water, Water Everywhere: Review of Blue Field by Elise Levine” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, April 2017)

“Have I Come Clean Enough?: Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams” (Kenyon Review Online, Feb. 2017)

“I Came Here to Disappear: The Gloaming by Melanie Finn” (Electric Literature, Oct. 2016)

“Review of Harbors by Donald Quist” (Cleaver Magazine, Sept. 2016)

“Welcome to Art Class: Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser” (Kenyon Review Online, August 2016)

“House of Lunatics: Review of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, August 2016)

“Review of A Well-Made Bed by Abby Frucht and Laurie Alberts” (The Northwest Review of Books, April 2016)

“Wait With Us: Review of The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, April 2016)

“Digging Deep into the Strange: A Review of Amber Spark’s The Unfinished World and Nance Van Winckel’s Ever Yrs (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Jan. 2016)

“On The Empire of the Dead by Tracy Daugherty (The Georgia Review, Winter 2015)

“Awaiting the Deluge: A Review of Rochester Knockings by Hubert Haddad” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, Dec. 2015)

“Let Us Become These Voices Made Visible: A Review of Mia Couto’s Pensativities (Numéro Cinq Magazine, Sept. 2015)

“Here in Russia: A Review of Jeff Parker’s Where Bears Roam the Streets (Numéro Cinq Magazine, July 2015)

“The Body as a Cage: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis” (Kenyon Review Online, July 2015)

“A Twisty, Haunted Masterpiece: Review of Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble (Numéro Cinq Magazine, April 2015)

“Review of Shelagh Connor Shapiro’s Shape of the Sky (Necessary Fiction, April 2015)

“Review of Diane Schoemperlen’s By The Book” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, Spring/March 2015)

“The Sound and the Furry: On When Mystical Creatures Attack! (Kenyon Review Online, Winter/Feb. 2015)

“A Rapid Fire Life: Review of Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper (Numéro Cinq Magazine, Dec. 2014)

“Belief and Betrayal: A Review of Vanessa Blakeslee’s Train Shots” (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Oct. 2014)

“The Experience of a Woman: A Review of Ingrid Winterbach’s The Elusive Moth(Numéro Cinq Magazine, Sept. 2014)

“Review of Leesa Cross-Smith’s Every Kiss a War (Necessary Fiction, Aug. 2014)

“‘I’d learned this from a war movie’: A Review of Ondjaki’s Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret(Numéro Cinq Magazine, July 2014)

“Review of Halina Duraj’s The Family Cannon” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, June 2014)

“Review of John Flynn’s Dreaming Rodin (Necessary Fiction, June 2014)

“Review of Ginny MacKenzie’s Sleeping with Gypsies (Rain Taxi Review of Books, May 2014)

“Calling the Dead to Life: A Review of Lydia Davis’s Can’t and Won’t (Numéro Cinq Magazine, March 2014)

“What Is Home?: Review of Eucalyptus by Mauricio Segura” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, January 2014)

“Review of David Jauss’ Glossolalia” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, November 2013)

“Waiting to Pounce: Review of Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, October 2013)

“Review of Elisabeth Doyle’s War Stories” (Rain Taxi Review of Books, August 2013)

“‘Lying Quiet in the Dream of Life’: On Noy Holland’s Swim for the Little One First” (Drunken Boat 17, June 2013)

“Review of Kevin Dowd’s The Fourth of July (Rain Taxi Review of Books, May 2013)

“Laughing at Despair: A Review of Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts (Numéro Cinq Magazine, April 2013)

“Review of Louis Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight (Rain Taxi Review of Books, March 2013)

“Blessed With Memory: A Review of Richard Ford’s Canada” (Numéro Cinq Magazine, September 2012)

“Review of Brian Doyle’s Bin Laden’s Bald Spot (Rain Taxi Review of Books, September 2012)

“Review of Dan Chaon’s Stay Awake (Rain Taxi Review of Books, June 2012)

“‘Certainly, there will always be stories’: On Lynne Tillman’s Someday This Will Be Funny” (Drunken Boat 15, May 2012)

“Review of David Schmahmann’s The Double Life of Alfred Buber (Rain Taxi Review of Books. March 2012)

“Review of Tom Carson’s Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter (Rain Taxi Review of Books, December 2011)

“Review of Rebecca Wolff’s The Beginners (Rain Taxi Review of Books, November 2011)

“Review of Alexander MacLeod’s Light Lifting (Rain Taxi Review of Books, August 2011)

“Review of Kevin Fenton’s Merit Badges (Rain Taxi Review of Books, March 2011)

“Review of Myla Goldberg’s The False Friend (Rain Taxi Review of Books, December 2010)

“Review of Paul Auster’s Sunset Park (Rain Taxi Review of Books, December 2010)

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