Confederado by Casey Clabough

by William Wright

Recommended by William Wright Casey Clabough’s first novel, Confederado, is the story of Alvis Benjamin Stevens, a confederate soldier of central Virginia who returns home four months after the official conclusion of the American Civil War to find the context … Continue reading

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

by Sarah Kennedy

Recommended by Sarah Kennedy If you love the Tudors, you will probably like Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies. The sequel to her Wolf Hall, the book continues the story of Henry VIII’s secretary Thomas Cromwell. Mantel now focuses on … Continue reading

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (Faber and Faber) by Nathan Englander

by Sophie Xiong

Recommendation by Sophie Xiong 2012 must be a banner year for Nathan Englander. He has (at long last) come out with his second collection of short stories titled What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, he teamed … Continue reading

The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead (Algonquin)

by R.T. Smith

Coal Black Horse and Far Bright Star convinced me that Robert Olmstead can write as well as anyone around about the solitude, the boredom, the hellish waiting and the sheer horror that beset men at war, about to go to … Continue reading

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

by Andrea Siso

Recommended by Andrea Siso Nightwoods Review The lean, taut narrative of Nightwoods creates a story in which the setting holds as much spark as the characters, and is the central factor that brings forth the theme of the overwhelming power … Continue reading

The Last Child by John Hart (Minotaur Books)

by R.T. Smith

Caveat lector: I seem to be in a meddlesome mood.  And from the starting gun, I don’t want you to think that I’m recommending this book for the reader primed for precise and evocative, character-driven fiction, though there are moments … Continue reading