Articles by Jennifer Acker Shah

December 9, 2013

Thought Episodes: Norman Rush’s Novels of Ideas 3

Rush has successfully created that rare and most valuable art form, the novel of ideas.

June 10, 2013

In Search of Lost Dream Time: Two New Books by André Aciman 1

If ever there was a writer disappointed with the here and now, it’s André Aciman: “I was never in one place, ever, in my whole life, without thinking of being somewhere else.” The tragedy of feeling out of place and in the wrong time is at the aching heart of his writing, and on grand display in two new books published this year.

November 12, 2012

Everybody Pays: The Extreme, Dark Fictional World of Donald Ray Pollock 2

Pollock rockets the reader into a highly particular time and place. He never wastes our time circling about the airfield looking for a spot to touch down. We’re immediately there, in the thick of it. Pinned right where Pollock wants us.