Literary Fiction

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Compulsive Individuality

Compulsive Individuality

RELEASED TO GREAT fanfare in 2007, Joshua Ferris’s debut novel Then We Came to the End looked in some ways like an attack on the American worker’s tendency to offer one’s soul to the company. ...

Proust’s Love. From Paris to Los Angeles.

Proust’s Love. From Paris to Los Angeles.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I visited Los Angeles — the first time I truly visited LA, in the same way as you visit friends, as a place where you feel at home, but not quite. I was struck by something...

The Deserts Bloom

The Deserts Bloom

A YOUNG MAN of wealth and creative inclination moves to a new neighborhood, where he finds the time and space to pursue his art — we know this one. Soon developers are nosing around, property values...

In the Trenches with Hybrid at AWP 2014

In the Trenches with Hybrid at AWP 2014

This is the first in a series of posts by Jessica Dewberry on the literary life. ¤ BACK IN SEPTEMBER, I included the word hybrid in front of the word writer on my Twitter and Facebook profiles. As ...

I Spy: Unraveling the Secrets of Adulthood

I Spy: Unraveling the Secrets of Adulthood

[Note: We've simultaneously published a video interview with Mona Simpson at the LA Times Festival of Books] CHILDREN ARE forever trying to unlock the codes and secrets of the adult world, and, bef...

The Pleasures and Perils of Reading Jim Krusoe

The Pleasures and Perils of Reading Jim Krusoe

Spinner gave me a funny look. [...] “The yogurt business is not for sissies Jonathon, but if you treat it well it will treat you well in turn.” — Jim Krusoe, Girl Factory, Tin House Press, 2008...

Portrait of a Ghost

Portrait of a Ghost

SIGIZMUND KRZHIZHANOVSKY may be the best-known unknown writer of his generation. Since the discovery of his manuscripts in the late 1970s, his fiction has appeared in multiple editions in Russian, Fre...

That Difficult Death

That Difficult Death

IN HELEN GARNER’S short novel The Spare Room, Nicola, a woman dying of cancer, goes to stay with her friend Helen while undergoing dubious alternative treatment in Melbourne. This treatment, which i...