Monday Evening Book Reviews

Patricia Craig on Jennifer Johnston’s A Sixpenny Song: “As ever, Johnston marshals her material with deftness, charm and aplomb, makes an enticing tale of it, and keeps her narrative concise.” (The Independent) on Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis’ Death of a Nightingale: “While I found the novel a bit convoluted at times, I did enjoy it and thought the Ukrainian chapters were fascinating and terrifying.” (Blogcritics)

Adam Markovitz on Dana Goodyear’s Anything That Moves: “The mix of mini-profiles, memoirish passages, and research reports doesn’t always blend seamlessly. But the overall effect is of sharing a story-packed meal with Goodyear, an experience any real gourmand would savor — as long as you can occasionally opt not to have what she’s having.” (

Hector Tobar on César Aira’s Shantytown: “…with Aira the melodrama quickly falls away. There are no easy truths here, no pat judgments about good and evil. Instead, with a few final acts of narrative sleight of hand (and some odd soliloquies) the reader is left at once dazzled and unsettled.” (LATimes)

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge