You probably don’t need a review of the new George Saunders book to tell you anything more than the fact it exists, but Ulin does a pretty sharp job of sketching out how Saunders’s style lends weight to his genius grant-winning fiction. For fans, good news—this collection is more of the same—but also bad—it’s teasingly early, the book doesn’t come out for another week yet.
Similarly to Saunders, fans of Oliver Sacks just want more of the same. In Sacks’s case, that’s more of his “descriptive, narrative, case-oriented medical writing he has himself called “romantic.”” And this book looks to deliver in the vein of, as the title implies, accounts of hallucinations.
Zouroudi’s latest mystery follows the Greek god Hermes, solving crimes on a Greek island. Mundow says, “Oh, dear. This sounds like any number of vile cozies that revolve around cats, witches, tag sales and cookie recipes. But Zouroudi’s novels are nothing like that. [They] are not only charming and engrossing stories, but also shrewd and often bleak portraits of individual weakness and social fragility.” Sold.
The 2012 Nobel laureate’s latest book to be translated into English “continues to sing his own peculiar and alluring song.” Garner gives a tidy overview of Yan’s work and sensibility, teasingly political but not directly so, and an idea of how this book fits into his catalogue.
In brief: Even an Arrested Development reference in the title can’t make this debut novel look anything but overwrought. … The latest entry in the Friday Night Lights high school football “genre” might be a head above the rest by virtue of its war-reporter author’s journalistic bona fides.