Reviews Archives - The Millions

October 21, 2016

Hollywood English Class: On Margaret Atwood’s ‘Hag-Seed’ 0


At times the book feels more like a thought experiment than an immersive novel.

October 18, 2016

A Place to Find Shelter: Donald Quist’s ‘Harbors’ 0


Quist always has his feet firmly planted in multiple homelands: Maryland and South Carolina, U.S. and Thailand, the double consciousness of being both black and American.

October 14, 2016

Bartleby Meets Cujo: On Matías Celedón’s ‘The Subsidiary’ 0


Celedón wrote this book with an antique stamp collection he found at an office supply sale. The result feels as much like an art exhibit, as it does a novel.

October 12, 2016

The Hope of a Suggestion: On Mary Oliver’s Latest 2


“Upstream” comes highly recommended.

October 11, 2016

Perfectly Delectable: Marcy Dermansky’s ‘The Red Car’ 0


If a story of a woman going west to find herself doesn’t sound original, it’s Dermansky’s delivery that makes this short novel perfectly delectable.

October 11, 2016

To Open Borders: ‘Him, Me, Muhammad Ali’ 0


If you haven’t read Randa Jarrar, it’s time to.

September 30, 2016

Black and Proud: James McBride on James Brown 1


James McBride’s ‘Kill ‘Em and Leave’ is a scorchingly honest examination of the racial divide that explains why America continues to be a bloody and schizophrenic place.

September 29, 2016

A Danger to Others: On Teddy Wayne’s ‘Loner’ 5


Loner is not about bullying’s bloody aftermath, or how Mental Health Services can do more to thwart shootings on school campuses. It’s about men — in particular, white men of privilege — feeling entitled to women’s bodies.

September 28, 2016

Renegade Political Fiction: ‘The Revolutionaries Try Again’ 1


Economic, political and social violence are senseless, and render us unable to tell neat linear narratives about injustice and protest.

September 19, 2016

Loving That Wild Thing: Leigh Stein’s ‘Land of Enchantment’ 1


He’s the guy with the electric eyes and unkempt hair. The guy with the daddy issues and the temper and the drug problem. We are the good girls. We don’t drink or make trouble. We come from good families. So why do we need to tame that wild thing?