Books by Tim O’Brien

JULY, JULY by Tim O’Brien
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A heartening recovery of form after the meretricious Tomcat in Love (1998). Once again, O'Brien proves he's capable of being one of our brightest and best novelists."
The memories and the revised relationships stimulated by a college reunion produce a mixed bag of individual stories in this involving and beautifully written eighth novel from veteran author O'Brien, still best known for his award-winning Going for Cacciato (1978). Read full book review >
TOMCAT IN LOVE by Tim O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

A surprising departure for the usually somber O'Brien (In the Lake of the Woods, 1994, etc.), this time chronicling the pratfalls of a middle-aged would-be Lothario. Read full book review >

IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS by Tim O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Sinks like a stone."
O'Brien proves to be the Oliver Stone of literature, reiterating the same Vietnam stories endlessly without adding any insight. Read full book review >
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 1990

"A disappointment."
It's being called a novel, but it is more a hybrid: short-stories/essays/confessions about the Vietnam War—the subject that O'Brien reasonably comes back to with every book. Read full book review >
THE NUCLEAR AGE by Tim O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1985

"This book—elaborately cobbled-up but weightless, trivial—almost answers these questions perfectly."
It's been noticed by historians that when centuries turn they also encourage lots of end-of-the-world fantasies and falderal. Read full book review >
GOING AFTER CACCIATO by Tim O’Brien
Released: Feb. 1, 1977

"Paul Berlin wonders—and so do we as we follow O'Brien through what's too often a large shell that unfairly shadows writing and intelligence of the highest order and honesty."
It's hard not to be of two more or less uneasy minds about this ambitious book. Read full book review >
NORTHERN LIGHTS by Tim O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1975

"It's a long, slow trek, but worth going the distance."
Two brothers, Viet-vet Harvey, and Minnesota county farm agent Paul, sons of a Finnish-American hellfire preacher (who directed Harvey to build a bomb shelter against the holocaust-to-come before he died), are weighted with their legacies of fear and doom-haunted memories. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1973

"There have been and will be more better and worse soldier-survivor recalls of that slaughterhouse we now call Nam."
A group of very low-keyed autobiographical sketches about America's least-popular war, narrated by an intelligent, rather lonely Pfc. who knows he really should be somewhere else. Read full book review >