Books by John Hawkes

AN IRISH EYE by John Hawkes
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A bauble, really, and yet nevertheless—told in one long fine poetic unbroken Irish sigh— the bauble of a master indeed."
The long-prolific Hawkes (The Cannibal, 1950, etc., etc., etc.) last offered the tale of a French boy who (The Frog, 1996) swallowed a frog; this time, in a perfect brogue from first to last, an orphaned Irish girl tells how she becomes—but better hush there, since hers is a story that comes down to a single surprise at end. Read full book review >
THE FROG by John Hawkes
Released: June 1, 1996

"French culture—maybe; if it's likely to be most appealing to those with a taste for the luxuriantly decadent, it's served, in any case, under Hawkes's (Sweet William, 1993, etc.) usual flawless, rich, smooth sauce of words."
The tale of a French who boy gets a frog in his stomach before WW I, then carries it there through a lifetime that may or may not be allegorical but that the reader isn't entirely unhappy to have end. Read full book review >
SWEET WILLIAM by John Hawkes
Released: Aug. 3, 1993

"This section, like a coda of sickness and illusion and redemption, is quite beautiful—though it can't finally tip the balance away from the word-embroidery and fussy stylistics of the rest."
Hawkes's readers have watched him use horses (or stand-ins for them) time after time; in the 1988 Whistlejacket, the equine finally became a subject of its own in a novel about horse-as-object and horse-as-subject. Read full book review >