Platform, by Michel Houellebecq. Alfred A. Knopf, 259 pages, $25.
It’s tempting to believe that Michel Houellebecq is not Europe’s most widely read and hotly debated contemporary novelist but is, instead, the central character in an elaborate satire of the literary marketplace written by a French novelist a lot like Michel Houellebecq. From his droll Read More
The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance by Benjamin Anastas. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 277 pages, $24.
If books were shelved according to the cadence of their titles rather than by the names of their authors, Benjamin Anastas’ new novel might find itself wedged between Narrative of the Planting of the Massachusetts Colony and Wonder-Working Read More
How I Came Into My Inheritance and Other True Stories , by Dorothy Gallagher. Random House, 187 pages, $22.95.
The blessing and the curse of the memoirist is that the story will be familiar to readers before the book is even cracked: parents growing older and stranger before they die; life presenting a bewildering Read More