Books by Thomas Mallon

LANDFALL by Thomas Mallon
Released: Feb. 19, 2019

"Marvelously detailed, often darkly funny, as informative as it is entertaining. Mallon may well be the 21st century's Anthony Trollope."
Mallon extends his sharp-eyed fictional exegesis of real-life American politics (Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years, 2015, etc.) into George W. Bush's second term. Read full book review >
FINALE by Thomas Mallon
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Mallon's version of history is close enough to fact to revive faded memories, while his imagining of who thought and said what presents some of the coherence and delights of fiction without the excesses of those 'what if' rethinks scribbled by Newt Gingrich et al."
Covering a momentous several months in 1986, this is an intriguing, humorous, even catty backstage view of the Reagan presidency from an artisan of the historical novel. Read full book review >
WATERGATE by Thomas Mallon
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"While billed as a novel, this book reads more like a documentary of a fascinating yet unlamented time."
Revisiting the history of the '70s with our favorite cast of characters. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2007

"An ambitious, absorbing caper that's smartly paced, tough-minded and infused with emotional depth."
Mallon's latest historical novel (after Bandbox, 2004, etc.) takes us back to the nominally peaceful mid-1950s, when the twin menaces of Communism and homosexuality were the real enemies of all things American. Read full book review >
BANDBOX by Thomas Mallon
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"Bandbox pulses with a comic energy and detail reminiscent of T.C. Boyle at his most entertainingly manic: it's a wonderful ride, and a quantum leap beyond Mallon's earlier fiction. Ragtime in double-time."
Manhattan period melodrama, handled with roguish finesse. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 7, 2002

"Readers not alienated by this stance will appreciate the sympathetic portrait of Ruth Paine; against the reactionary Texas backdrop, she embodies much of the thwarted idealism still associated with JFK."
Offbeat study of Ruth Paine, an ordinary woman who wished to reach out to a Russian immigrant and learn her language—and wound up sheltering Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald. Read full book review >
IN FACT by Thomas Mallon
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Well-wrought work strongly seasoned with polemic."
A skilled fiction-writer and essayist trains his eye on contemporary writers. Read full book review >
TWO MOONS by Thomas Mallon
Released: Feb. 14, 2000

"Gore Vidal still does this kind of novel better than anybody, but Two Moons is a pretty fair incursion into his territory."
A sharp-witted young widow's progress through post—Civil War Washington's power-centers dominates this breezy and entertaining historical caper from the popular author of Henry and Clara (1994) and Dewey Defeats Truman (1997). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

The famous headline declaring Truman defeated by Dewey inspires Mallon's (Henry and Clara, 1994, etc.) old-fashioned look into the lives of a handful of the residents of Thomas E. Dewey's hometown of Owosso (pop. 16,000), Michigan. Read full book review >
HENRY AND CLARA by Thomas Mallon
Released: Aug. 16, 1994

"No magic, but solid writing about two casualties of history."
Mallon (Rockets and Rodeos, 1992) has created an enjoyable, if depressing, novel about Henry and Clara Rathbone, who were sitting in the theater box with Mary and Abraham Lincoln on the night of the president's assassination. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Anything Mallon turns out is good—but he can do better than this."
A smartly stitched quilt of Americana that could use a bit more color, by a talented essayist (Stolen Words, 1989, etc.) and novelist (Aurora 7, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
AURORA 7 by Thomas Mallon
Released: Jan. 29, 1990

On May 24th, 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter embarked on a very nearly disastrous mission aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft. Read full book review >