Books by Ethan Canin

A DOUBTER'S ALMANAC by Ethan Canin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Book clubs may dig into the many interesting veins here—family, ambition, addiction, lust—but Mean Dad was the motherlode, and it's not clear that Canin's easing of the darkness makes for a better novel."
This complex portrait of a troubled math genius and the effect his gift has on those close to him combines a strong narrative and bumper crop of themes. Read full book review >
AMERICA AMERICA by Ethan Canin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"It's the journey, not the arrival, that matters, and the journey is an enthralling one."
A dynasty shattered, a presidential campaign in ruins; a newspaper publisher revisits his youth to better understand an old scandal. Read full book review >
CARRY ME ACROSS THE WATER by Ethan Canin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"Imperfect but interesting fiction that might also be compared to Steven Millhauser's Pulitzer-winner, Martin Dressler. It signals a new—and very promising—stage in Canin's career."
A richly detailed, intriguingly fragmented chronicle of the personal history and turbulent inner life of a prosperous German-American businessman. Read full book review >
FOR KINGS AND PLANETS by Ethan Canin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"But it does feature vigorous prose, a memorably affectionate portrait of Manhattan, and, in Orno, a thoroughly engaging protagonist. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Club selection; author tour)"
An elegantly rendered coming-of-age tale, set largely in 1970s Manhattan, featuring a decent, duty-bound midwesterner and the mercurial, rather cruel, dangerously charming cosmopolite whose orbit he's drawn into. Read full book review >
WRITERS HARVEST 2 by Ethan Canin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1996

"The consolation for this decidedly mixed collection: Your money goes to a good cause."
It may seem misanthropic to criticize a collection in which all 18 stories were donated to benefit Share Our Strength, an anti- hunger group. Read full book review >
THE PALACE THIEF by Ethan Canin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The stories thus always seem to be wearing their parent's clothes—an effect that reaches into the prose itself, a simulacrum of Cheeverian and Peter Tayloresque modulation that in Canin's hands is just pomp and circumstance."
Canin's return to short fiction should be a cause for welcome- -yet isn't, disappointingly. Read full book review >
BLUE RIVER by Ethan Canin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

In track, champion sprinters know better than immediately to train next for the mile and longer. Read full book review >