Part murder mystery and love story, set during the New Zealand gold rush as characters orbit and collide in a dramatic tour de force.
Richard Power’s novel, The Overstory, is a complex, spreading network of roots and branches. The characters interact, are invented, relate and yet seem not to realize their influence.
Edwin Rist is the feather thief. Was he a young man, too easily indulged by parents, and full of obsession? Was Edwin a detached manipulator?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is a novel grounded in love, family, and seeing a place for the first time, then seeing it again after perspectives broaden.
As a concept, the Culture novels are wonderful; but at times the narrative crumbles under the weight of drawn out plots and overly detailed moments.
In a post-scarcity existence with hundreds of years to live one’s life, what happens when one wants something else?
In one sense, Six Wakes is a closed room mystery with a science fiction twist of clones.
Babylon’s Ashes continue to explore those risks with the entire landscape cracked open.
Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman is a novella with such minimal plotting it almost reads like a character-study.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a novel of beauty and perseverance, which shows an unflinching view of Japan’s treatment of Koreans.