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D.G. Myers

D.G. Myers

Dear Life: StoriesBy Alice MunroAlfred A. Knopf, 336 pages Alice munro has been called “our Chekhov” so often that no one stops to ask what the...

The Round HouseBy Louise ErdrichHarper, 336 pages The ghost of the Indian haunts the American imagination, writes D.H. Lawrence in Studies in Classic American Literature. The...

Telegraph Avenue: A Novel By Michael Chabon Harper, 480 pages Until his latest novel—his fifth in 24 years—Michael Chabon’s career had separated neatly into two stages....

In One Person By John Irving Simon & Schuster, 425 pages John Irving is America’s best-known novelist of human eccentricity. After three minor artistic successes and...

If anyone from the generation of American writers born after the Second World War has a claim to being a major novelist, it is Richard...

Twenty-five years ago this fall the most important American novel since Huckleberry Finn was published. Or, at least Toni Morrison’s Beloved must be considered the...

In 1819, Joseph Perl wrote the first Hebrew novel, a vicious satire on Hasidism called Revealer of Secrets. A faithful Jew, Perl did not want to...

After 30 years of marriage, the middle-class couple that is the subject of Stewart O’Nan’s The Odds: A Love Story (Viking, 179 pages) has little...

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is the most influential anti-Semitic book ever published. Purporting to be the minutes of a top-level secret meeting...

Now that most American Jews have settled comfortably into a secular way of life without much fear of religious intolerance (except from other Jews), it’s...

“Can’t repeat the past?” Jay Gatsby says incredulously. “Why of course you can.” The novel might seem to be a literary vehicle uniquely designed for...

The decline of the novel as American culture’s depth-measuring gauge might be dated to the rise of big-bank premieres. Until very recently, first novels were...