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The Perfect Letter

Unfortunately, A Very Bad Romance Novel, By Chris Harrison

I’m about as close to an ideal reader could be for this book. I enjoy some chick lit from time to time, I’m a huge Bachelor and Bachelorette fan, I’m originally from Dallas, Texas (where the story is set), and read like a maniac. Moreover, out of loyalty and devotion, I pre-ordered a signed copy, […]

The Dog Stars

A Poetic and Introspective Vision of a Post-Apocalyptic Future, By Peter Heller

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller, is set in a post-apocalyptic near future where a virulent and aggressive strain of the flu has taken the lives of most of the population of the world, leaving the rest in fear of one another and desperate for survival. The survivors are few and usually those with some […]

The Keep

A Disappointing Attempt at a Literary Gothic Novel, By Jennifer Egan

In The Keep, author Jennifer Egan spins her narrative yarn in in the form of two nested stories. Ray is prison inmate enrolled in a writing workshop. In his writing, we find our second story, one about two estranged cousins who are undergoing a project to renovate a centuries-old castle into a hotel. The two […]

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey

A Cute But Imperfect Little Story, By Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin is a cute but somewhat sappy little book, with a little melodrama thrown in. A.J. Fikrey is a touchy and argumentative bookstore owner on a small, touristy island town and recent widower. He walks in his store one day to find that a baby has been […]

The Dinner

A Disappointing and Amateurish Book About Two Families and a Difficult Situation, By Herman Koch

The Dinner by Herman Koch takes place over the course of one dinner between two couples. The males at the table are brothers, one of whom is a prominent and recognizable politician, and, along with their wives, they have agreed to meet at an upscale restaurant to discuss an incident involving their teenage sons. A […]