Category Archives: Reviews

Helen Phillips, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a review

My review of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, by Helen Phillips, ran in the Sunday Minneapolis Star Tribune on August 9th. It was positive, but the review in the NYT, by Jamie Quatro, was even moreso. An article by Phillips herself, also … Continue reading

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On “The Buried Giant” and Kazuo Ishiguro

My review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s odd new novel, a tale of post-Arthurian England invested with fantasy and myth and fading memory. Neil Gaiman, on the front page of the NYTBR, had a similar reading, but said more about fantasy. And … Continue reading

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Quan Barry, “She Weeps Each Time You’re Born”

Poet Quan Barry’s strangely luminous dark novel channels the history of Vietnam through the experience of a woman who hears the dead. I talked about it as a reflection on the post-apocalyptic present at The Millions and reviewed it in the Minneapolis … Continue reading

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Critic’s Choice, Lila, by Marilynne Robinson

For this year’s critic’s choice at the Star Tribune, I chose Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila”. What struck me (and struck me again when my editor at the Star Trib forwarded a complaint that no one on her list had named “Orfeo”) … Continue reading

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The Road Back to Sweetgrass, Linda LeGarde Grover

Linda LeGarde Grover’s new book, The Road Back to Sweetgrass, reviewed for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, builds upon the characters and fictional Ojibwe reservation, Mozhay Point, that featured in her previous book of stories, The Dance Boots, which I also … Continue reading

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