Books by Mary-Beth Hughes

THE LOVED ONES by Mary-Beth Hughes
Released: June 2, 2015

"No question about this author's gift for striking imagery and vivid scene-setting, but her characterizations could be deeper, and she might consider the possibility that atmosphere is not everything."
Hughes (Double Happiness, 2010, etc.) follows a family reeling from the loss of a child through two disordered years in New Jersey and London.Read full book review >
DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Mary-Beth Hughes
Released: June 1, 2010

"Only the title story, an anti-elegy for a World Trade Center victim, demonstrates explicitly how apt Hughes's title is, for the mourners' happiness is so rare and fleeting that they're doubly happy to feel happy."
Everything about this slender collection of 11 stories from Hughes (Wavemaker II, 2001) rings true except for its ironic title. Read full book review >
WAVEMAKER II by Mary-Beth Hughes
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A consistently accomplished debut that's still hard to take because the family's anguish seems too little distinguished from the general social funk to provide much narrative energy."
Ten years after the fall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, his legal counsel, Roy Cohn, is still unwillingly claiming victims—in this first novel of a family turned inside out by their loyalty to Cohn. Read full book review >