Search Results: "Lionel Shriver"


BOOK REVIEW

SHRIVER by Chris Belden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Good writers from Mary McCarthy and Randall Jarrell to Jane Smiley and David Lodge have written fine sendups of academia, and while Belden makes no bid to join that pantheon with his slight effort, he does supply a welcome reminder of the genre's more rewarding practitioners."
Misadventures follow when a man who believes he has been mistaken for a famous novelist still accepts an invitation to attend a college's annual writers' conference. Read full book review >

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SO MUCH FOR THAT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2010

"An overly schematic but powerful study of both marriage and medical care."
The American health-care system decimates the emotions and finances of one well-meaning citizen in the latest novel by the provocative Shriver (The Post-Birthday World, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Not for the faint-hearted or those contemplating parenthood."
The bad seed/nurture vs. nature theme updated as a teenaged sniper's mother tries to understand the why behind her son's criminality, in a series of letters to her not so mysteriously absent husband. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE FAULT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A persistently melodramatic tone doesn't disguise the tragedy in this moving, resonant tale of two sparkling careers and two decent people unable to live in harmony."
Fully using the strongest part of her game—psychological insight—Shriver (The Bleeding Heart, 1990, etc.) tracks the fleeting joy and prolonged despair of a young couple, both rising tennis stars, who find their love imperiled by one another's fierce urge to win. ``Love me, love my game,'' says petite, 23-year-old Willy to lanky Eric on their second meeting, after a first encounter in Manhattan's Riverside Park in which Willy cleaned his clock. Read full book review >

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THE MANDIBLES by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An imperfect but savvy commingling of apocalyptic and polemic."
Shriver, nobody's idea of an optimist about the present day, delivers a dire vision of near-future America. Read full book review >

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BIG BROTHER by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"A masterful, page-turning study of complex relationships among our bodies, our minds and our families."
A woman is at a loss to control her morbidly obese brother in the latest feat of unflinching social observation from Shriver (The New Republic, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2007

"Readers will wonder which choice was best for Irena, but Shriver masterfully confounds any attempt to arrive at a sure answer."
A layered and unflinching portrait of infidelity—with a narrative appropriately split in two. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An initially sharp satire turns tedious by midpoint."
A social satire with a wickedly funny setup fails to sustain momentum and provide much of a payoff. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"A poignant reflection of the sacrificial idealism of another time, and of the tragedy and destruction of modern total war."
The experiences of a young officer with a famous Scottish regiment, the Black Watch, in France in 1915. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE AND LIONEL by Stanley Weintraub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

"An unfortunate demonstration that, at least in this case, the people who lend are not nearly so interesting as those who borrow."
Popular Victorian biographer Weintraub (Edward the Caresser, 2001, etc.) returns with a languid account of a dynastic marriage between cousins in the famous banking family. Read full book review >

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LIONEL AT SCHOOL by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in these authentically childlike characters and episodes; better yet, they'll enjoy them. (Fiction. 4-8)"
Krensky's appealing primary-grader (Lionel in the Summer, 1998, etc.) takes on school challenges sure to interest beginning readers, and once again Natti's cheerful, two-to-a-spread, pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor wash illustrations accompany them. Read full book review >