Books by Susan Minot

THIRTY GIRLS by Susan Minot
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Despite hauntingly beautiful prose, there is a secondhand feel to Esther's story, which plays fiddle to Jane's navel-gazing."
Minot (Rapture, 2002, etc.) tries to combine a fictionalized but mostly journalistic account of the abduction of Ugandan children by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army with a sexual drama about the doomed romance of an American writer and a much younger white Kenyan. Read full book review >
RAPTURE by Susan Minot
Released: Jan. 28, 2002

"Silly, aimless, and pretentious: Rapture reads like notes for a novel that the author had the good sense to abandon."
A loose and discursive novella by Minot (Evening, 1998, etc.), who manages here to ramble on a pretty good ways in remarkably few pages. Read full book review >
EVENING by Susan Minot
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"As always with Minot, moments of incisive and telling beauty, mood, and atmosphere, but also, in this case, much that's much less."
Minot (Folly, 1992, etc.) aims high in taking a long look at the beginning and end of a love-life—in a project that's not without its gripping moments but that requires an excess of artifice to stay aloft and doesn—t steadily convince. Read full book review >
FOLLY by Susan Minot
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

"Rich with pleasures from start to end, so long as you don't mind their being mainly secondhand."
Minot (Monkeys; Lust) is a curious writer: hardly a particle of her work is original, but she writes brilliantly in the tone, manner, and style of past writers—Fitzgerald, Hemingway, James, Cather, Woolf, even Marquand and Evan Connell—the flavor and energies of whose work she seems to have absorbed like blotting paper. Read full book review >

As if Monkeys (1986) drained dry the reserves of her inspiration and the barrel hasn't had time to be replenished, Minor offers here a thin and mannered volume in search of the content to fill it. Read full book review >