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.
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.
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.
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.