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This Side of Brightness: A Novel (Paperback)

by Colum McCann

Don't Quit Your Day Job: Richard Vine's 'Soho Sins' 1

SoHo Sins succeeds because it was written by a man with a day job, a job that gives him intimate knowledge of how a subculture works – its personalities and preoccupations, its business practices, its styles, its silliness and occasional beauty.

The Real and the Imagined: On Colum McCann's TransAtlantic 2

The more heavily McCann relies on historical figures, as distinct from history, the weaker his writing is; the more sparingly he uses historical figures, the stronger the writing is.

To Blurb or Not to Blurb? 29

This seemingly innocent question was put to me for the first time a couple of weeks ago when a paperback review copy of a non-fiction book arrived in my mailbox.