Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
It’s exhilarating to encounter such unrestrained vehemence in a work by this controlled, intellectual author. Messud’s previous novels, albeit extraordinarily intelligent and well-crafted, are characterized by rationed or distant emotion. “The Woman Upstairs” is utterly different — its language urgent, its conflicts outsize and unmooring, its mood incendiary. This psychologically charged story feels like a liberation. Messud’s prose grabs the reader by the collar, just as Nora grabs her favorite new pupil, a third grader named Reza Shahid, when he and another boy scuffle during a field trip. Reading Nora’s turbulent testament of belief and betrayal, you feel less like a spectator than a witness.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Like all questing heroes, Clay takes on more than he bargained for and learns more than he expected, not least about himself. His story is an old-fashioned tale likably reconceived for the digital age, with the happy message that ingenuity and friendship translate across centuries and data platforms. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (Oct.)
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Airman First Class Vanessa Dobos Vanessa Dobos is a gunner of a USAF AC-130 gunship. She has seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan. She likes long walks on the beach, men who are not afraid to cry and puppies.
Her dislikes include feed tray stoppages, tracer flareout of her NVGs and premature fixed-wing strikes scattering her high-value targets.