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‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears

Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Martin Cleaver

Doris Lessing, Voice for Many Ages, Dies at 94

Doris Lessing, an influential and prolific writer who made her mark in more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, essays and poems, died Sunday in London at age 94. 

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Make a Phony Out of J.D. Salinger

A new documentary wants to find some hidden wound that “explains” the novelist’s reclusivity, but I don’t think there is one.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Along with his literary contributions, the author’s crime thrillers became part of the American cultural conversation through screen adaptations of several of his stories. He died Tuesday at his home in Michigan at age 87.

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Sin and Sustenance

Lauren B. Davis’ thrilling, polyphonic new novel, “Our Daily Bread,” takes us into a backwoods clan rife with child abuse and incest, and asks the question: “When does another person’s suffering become my responsibility?”

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



Can I Help You?

In this excerpt from Lauren B. Davis’ new novel, “Our Daily Bread,” an elderly woman encounters two troubled boys and the question of whether we ever do enough to help others.

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Ha Ha, Another Midlife Crisis

Howard Jacobson’s novel “No More Mr. Nice Guy” travels well-worn territory: the male midlife crisis in search of laughs.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



Campus Intrigue

An excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides’ third novel, “The Marriage Plot,” which centers on a romantic triangle at Brown University in 1982.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



‘Lost Horizon’ for American Ovaries

Ann Patchett’s sixth novel, “State of Wonder,” poses a provocative question: If, ladies, you could preserve your fertility into your 50s, 60s or even later, would you?

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



‘The Double Life of Alfred Buber’

In David Schmahmann’s new novel, Alfred Buber is a respected man with a secret. Telling his boss and colleagues that he’s going to Paris, he regularly travels instead to Southeast Asia to go whoring in the squalid back alleys. And then on one of his trips to Bangkok, he falls in love.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amy Sancetta

The Bloombergs, (Barely) Fictionalized

It’s an old cliché that new writers should write about what they know, and by all appearances Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Mike and professional equestrienne, has done just that in her debut novel, “The A Circuit.” Read along as she doesn’t try very hard to convince a New York Times reporter that her first book is much of a departure from her life ...

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Book Preview: ‘The Fall’

In fledgling author Ryan Quinn’s coming-of-age novel, three friends meet in their senior year at an isolated New England university, forming an unlikely triangle that changes the course of their lives in a story about identity, first love and contemporary friendships. Here’s a snippet from the book’s beginning, courtesy of the author.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



Jonathan Franzen in Womanland

“Freedom” is about something important, but the hubbub about how the critical establishment favors male literary writers like Franzen is also significant. Why has everyone cared so much? Because fiction matters.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Freedom: A Novel

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James Cameron and friends
20th Century Fox / Mark Fellman

James Cameron Working on ‘Avatar’ Novel

There’s no shortage of fan fiction and musty paperbacks based on science fiction movies, but it’s highly unusual for the creators of such films to actually write the things. James Cameron is reportedly working on a novel based on the back story of his latest film, which has already made more money than any movie ever.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges on Books About War

The Truthdig columnist, veteran war correspondent and author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” tells “On the Media” that when it comes to capturing war, “fiction is a better medium.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight: Part II

Truthdig is pleased to present the second excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Walker
notherapedocumentary.org

Alice Walker’s Message to Obama

Author and activist Alice Walker took a moment last week to write a note to Barack Obama, relaying a few requests and offering some advice, such as to find time to relax amid the challenges and changes that await him and his family.

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 READ MORE


Solzhenitsyn
bbc.co.uk

A Moral Force Moves Into History

He was born into a Cossack family, which was just one of many indications that life wasn’t exactly going to be conflict-free for Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died Aug. 3. The Russian writer survived eight years in Stalin’s notorious gulags and became one of his country’s most controversial critical thinkers, a process that continued during the two decades he was forced to live in exile.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Bush reading
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By George W. Bush

If authoring a war against innocent civilians abroad and civil liberties at home wasn’t enough, George W. Bush is toying with the idea of writing a book upon leaving the Oval Office in January.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Norman Mailer
AP photo / Kathy Willens

Norman Mailer Dead at 84

News of the loss of one of America’s most unique voices, Norman Mailer, rippled through the literary community Saturday after Mailer’s biographer announced that the author of “The Armies of the Night” and “The Naked and the Dead” had expired at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


Caspian Rain
macadamcage.com

‘Caspian Rain’

Truthdig is pleased to present these two excerpts from the novel “Caspian Rain” by Gina Nahai, best-selling author of “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith.”  In “Rain,” her fourth novel, Nahai explores Iran’s complex culture through the eyes of a group of memorable characters living in various sectors of society during the years leading up to the Islamic Revolution.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Fritz Reiss

That’s ‘Sir Salman Rushdie’ to You

Eighteen years after the publication of Salman Rushdie’s explosively controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”—which led to widespread criticism by Muslims and a death threat ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini—the Indian-born writer has been singled out for a much more desirable form of official recognition:  Rushdie has been knighted by the queen of England.

Posted on Jun 16, 2007 READ MORE


Updike’s ‘Terrorist’ a Bomb, Says New York Times

The legendary author’s newest work focuses on a likable 18-year-old would-be suicide bomber. The N.Y. Times and, to a lesser extent, the Washington Post pan the book.

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


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