Books by Alice Mattison

NOTHING IS QUITE FORGOTTEN IN BROOKLYN by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Reconstructing Marlene's malfeasance makes for a pleasant puzzle, but the real pleasure here is time spent with the less flamboyant characters as they cope with more mundane upsets."
A woman confronts suspicious circumstances surrounding her mother's death 14 years earlier. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING OF THE TWO-HEADED WOMAN by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Bracingly serious but without pretension, Mattison's voice is like that of no one else writing today: the demands she makes of her readers are difficult but exhilarating."
A rigorous novel about a woman whose profession speaks volumes about her own inner life. Read full book review >
THE BOOK BORROWER by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Mattison's third novel (after Hilda and Pearl, 1995, etc.) is actually a successful graft of two tales: one written by a 1920s feminist and radical, the other about the woman who reads that "first book" in the late 20th century. Read full book review >

MEN GIVING MONEY, WOMEN YELLING by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Fifteen interlinked stories in a salty, tough-minded third collection from Mattison (Great Wits, 1988; The Flight of Andy Burns, 1993). Mattison, also a novelist (Hilda and Pearl, 1995, etc.), has a mordant eye for the details of our wary, confused search for love, and she focuses it here on the uncertain efforts of a group of twenty- and thirty-somethings in New Haven, Connecticut, to connect. Read full book review >

HILDA AND PEARL by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

After an initial wrong turn, this rich novel careens down a road lined with complex personalities and some wonderful scenery. Mattison (The Flight of Andy Burns, 1993, etc.) mistakenly leads off by focusing on Frances, a blank youngster who is on vacation in the 1950s with her parents, Hilda and Nathan; her Uncle Mike and Aunt Pearl, and their son Simon. Read full book review >

THE FLIGHT OF ANDY BURNS by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1993

Mattison (Field of Stars, 1992) offers a comfortable—if not particularly dynamic—first collection of slice-of-life stories, many previously published in The New Yorker or quarterlies. In ``The Library Card,'' a weary mother watches through a window as her husband dances in a nearby park; a middle-aged divorcÇe in ``The Landlord'' waits for her lover to switch on the lights in her rented home; a lecturing poet in ``The Hawk On the Fence'' finds herself surrounded on campus one evening by a crowd of male Alcoholics Anonymous members going home. Read full book review >

FIELD OF STARS by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

A female coming-of-age-in-the-Sixties tale that's more complex, perceptive, and intriguing than most. Read full book review >