Anna Wainwright is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor.
Kelly McMasterss haunting new memoir, Welcome to Shirley, tells the story of a small Long Island community struggling with the unseen poison showered on their suburb by the nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory. It is a tragic, at times horrific taleyet McMasters manages, with great grace and introspection, to deliver an eminently readable book of hope and strength.
In How to Think Like Leonardo Davinci, a word drawing from Johannah Rodgerss new book Sentences, the author speaks of fitting ones life to a narrative. On a first reading, Sentences seems essentially narrativeless.
It sometimes seems as though Paul Auster is trying to single-handedly keep the literary tradition of mise en abyme alive. His latest novel, Man in the Dark, offers readers another story within a story about a writers dependence on his own creations, and his subjection to their whims and fancies.
Malcolm Macphersons new novel, Hocus Potus, a brave and successful attempt at absurd realism. Labeled the Catch 22 of the Iraq War by Melville House, the novel resembles more of a Dr. Strangelove, blending fantasy with the stark apocalyptic reality of a nation at war at home and abroad.