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PODCAST #72: Mona Simpson

PODCAST #72: Mona Simpson

Colin Marshall talks with Mona Simpson, author of the novels Anywhere But Here, Off Keck Road and My Hollywood. Her latest is Casebook, a story of marriage, divorce, boyhood and surveillance, told a...

Summer of 1972

Summer of 1972

I GREW UP in South San Francisco, “The Industrial City.” My girlfriends and I dreamed of being nuns and catching the Zodiac Killer. We spent much of our time swiping vodka from our parents’ wet...

My Father the Superspy

My Father the Superspy

WHEN LILIAN SHANG, a Chinese-American academic who splits her time between America and Beijing, reads her deceased father’s diaries, she discovers a secret. Her father, Gary Shang, was a Washington-...

Say No!

Say No!

DARCEY STEINKE’S LATEST NOVEL, Sister Golden Hair, begins in the summer of 1972, when Jesse, the 12-year-old daughter of a defrocked Methodist minister, moves with her family from Philadelphia to ...

Politics and Pool in Providence

Politics and Pool in Providence

GOOD MYSTERY SERIES create familiarity. I recently binged on Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, mystery stories so solidly set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec that I actually jumped in my c...

Fear and Loathing in Freetown

Fear and Loathing in Freetown

“I’VE COME BACK because I love the mess. Anarchy. Madness. Things falling apart.” So says Roland Nair, the half-Danish, half-American narrator of Denis Johnson’s new novel, The Laughing Monste...

Fictional Forays to a Familiarly Exotic China

Fictional Forays to a Familiarly Exotic China

SUSAN BARKER’s The Incarnations presents modern Beijing through the anguished relations and confused sexuality of a taxi driver, and takes us beyond the glitter and high-rise developments of the Chi...

We’re in This Barroom Brawl Together

We’re in This Barroom Brawl Together

For a writer whose work deals with the darkest of subjects — suicide — and who has lost two immediate family members to it, Miriam Toews (rhymes with waves) laughs a lot. In Toews’s world, comed...

A Funny Process

A Funny Process

IN COLM TÓIBÍN’S new novel, Nora Webster, a widow and her two teenage sons attempt to move on with their lives after the untimely death of the family patriarch. Taking inspiration from his own ch...

Beauty, Mourning, and Melancholy in Africa39

Beauty, Mourning, and Melancholy in Africa39

The following is a feature article from the new intern issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: The Magazine. The issue, which our interns produced as part of this past summer’s LARB Publishing Co...

Why Such Tidings

Why Such Tidings

It is a bright and wasted day. Ottessa Moshfegh’s first novel reads like the swashbuckled spray of a slit throat — immediate, visceral, frank, unforgiving, violent, and grotesquely beautiful. McG...

A Spanish Saga

A Spanish Saga

ARTURO PÉREZ-REVERTE has invoked two precedents for his brand of historical fiction: Alexandre Dumas and Stendhal. In some of Pérez-Reverte’s books, particularly those that feature the swordsman-f...

Fake Mysteries

Fake Mysteries

BRADFORD MORROW’s seventh novel takes us into the rarified world of bibliophiles and literary forgers. Our narrator and guide is Will, who is a master at literary forgery. Since Will tells us quite ...

Committed

Committed

Because each had discovered years before that they were neither white nor male, and that all freedom and triumph was forbidden to them, they had set about creating something else to be. — Toni Morr...