Search Results: "Robert Olen Butler"


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THE STAR OF ISTANBUL by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"A respectable work of historical crime fiction, a form Butler is still mastering."
The second foray into crime fiction by Pulitzer-winning novelist Butler features a big shipwreck, a little seduction and a lot of chatter. Read full book review >

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A SMALL HOTEL by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"As the eponymous show tune (from: 'Pal Joey') coyly asks, 'Not a sign of people. Who wants people?' One answer: Novels do."
A painful marital breakup stimulates a flow of harsh memories leading toward a decisive climactic choice, in NBA-winner Butler's emotionally charged, uneven novel (Hell, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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SEVERANCE by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Extremely well-executed (so to speak), but it still seems more like a stunt than an artistically necessary stratagem."
Decapitated heads give us their final thoughts in 62 very short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winner Butler (Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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PERFUME RIVER by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Butler (The Empire of Night, 2014, etc.) risks taking on too many weighty themes for one novel: the shadow of Vietnam, the push and pull of father-son relationships, the pitfalls of long-term marriages, and the psychic toll of aging. But with some compelling characters, Butler pulls it all together into a story that's both complex and meaningful."
Two brothers, ages 68 and 70, revisit their lives as their father lies dying. Read full book review >

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FAIR WARNING by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A bracing antidote to the legions of helplessly neurotic heroines cluttering up novels of late."
Smart variations on the life of a single woman in New York. Read full book review >

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MR. SPACEMAN by Robert Olen Butler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Light, mischievous, satisfying entertainment. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A surprisingly sweet and droll first-person account of the vexed attempts of an alien to understand the bafflingly unpredictable human race. Read full book review >

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THE HOT COUNTRY by Robert Olen Butler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Kit is such an ingratiating narrator that you almost forget how unthrilling his larky debut is. Maybe the planned series can provide him with adventures more worthy of his steel."
Prolific Pulitzer Prize winner Butler (A Small Hotel, 2011, etc.) casts his net in distinctly shallower waters when he follows the adventures of a brash American journalist in 1914 Mexico. Read full book review >

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INTERCOURSE by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Too often the entries seem maddeningly brief and superficial."
The latest from Pulitzer-winner Butler (Severance, 2006, etc.) consists of 50 pairs of brief lyrical monologues depicting the thoughts of people while engaged in sex. Read full book review >

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HAD A GOOD TIME by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Assured, accomplished, and another intriguing change of pace from an adventurous writer who refuses to be pigeonholed."
A wonderfully varied third collection from Pulitzer-winner Butler (Fair Warning, 2002, etc.) investigates diverse lives—and deaths—early in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE DEEP GREEN SEA by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"While the novel falls short of its goal, it is nonetheless an honest and intermittently powerful attempt to find some redemptive possibilities in the lingering nightmare of that war. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
An ambitious, lyrical exploration of the lingering wounds of the Vietnamese war, familiar terrain for Pulitzer Prizewinning Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BUTLER by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"Poignant and powerful."
A distinguished Washington Post journalist's account of the black White House butler who bore witness to eight presidential administrations. Read full book review >

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The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >