Books by Jonathan Strong

THE OLD WORLD by Jonathan Strong
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Strong (Offspring, 1995, etc.) struggles to give resonance and purpose to the tale, but the overly sensitive and sophisticated dialogue of the adolescent boys and their peculiar—and not really understandably grounded—fixation tend to defeat his efforts."
A repetitive, implausible, and strangely narrated tale of four men and the effects a favorite high-school teacher has on their later lives. Read full book review >
OFFSPRING by Jonathan Strong
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Endearing characters produce a fascinating portrait of American family life, viewed through the quirky perspective of the author."
The domestic harmony of an eccentric Midwest family is threatened in this enchanting, at times unsettling, seventh novel from Strong (An Untold Tale, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
AN UNTOLD TALE by Jonathan Strong
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Strong never seems comfortable spinning suspense out of Sam's past and Ezzelino's disappearance; where he's happiest is in celebrating the life of a tradition-bound village endangered by a wave of well- heeled professionals fleeing the cities."
A mysterious Prodigal Son returns to his New Hampshire village, but there's more mystification than mystery in Strong's slow, fussy fourth novel; it follows Companion Pieces, two novellas published earlier this year. Read full book review >
COMPANION PIECES by Jonathan Strong
Released: April 1, 1993

"Doing and Undoing'' is both more ambitious and less successful."
Two novellas from Strong (Secret Words, 1992, etc.)—one about family secrets, the other about a man who lives alone across an alleyway from another man with a similar name: gentle, warmhearted fictions, the former is a bit cluttered and repetitious, while the latter plays to Strong's best suit—his ability to evoke the pleasures of loneliness. Read full book review >
SECRET WORDS by Jonathan Strong
Released: April 1, 1992

In this gentle tale, Strong (Ourselves, 1971) inhabits the mind and body of a working-class Italian-American woman from the slums of Boston to tell of her awakening to the realities of politics, poverty, and child abuse—as well as to the transformative power of love. Read full book review >