by Kate Christensen
Doubleday, 311 pp., $26
Trouble, Kate Christensen’s fourth novel, opens with a man calling Madonna “a maggot.” Moments after this declaration, Josie—the novel’s middle-aged narrator, who laughingly agrees that Madonna is “vile”—decides to leave her husband. The singer is a tidy semaphore for what initially appear to be the major Read More
Brooklyn’s Kate Christensen has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel The Great Man. Ms. Christensen will be presented with the award of $15,000 at a ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., in May, according to CBC News. Hillary Frey reviewed the novel (not so positively!) which satirizes Read More
THE GREAT MAN
By Kate Christensen
Doubleday, 305 pages, $23.95
The title of Kate Christensen’s new novel is misleading, if not downright wrong.
There is a man at the center of this book, a rebellious painter among the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950’s—but Oscar Feldman wasn’t great. Philandering, competitive, conscience-free, Oscar went above Read More
The Epicure’s Lament , by Kate Christensen. Doubleday, 351 pages, $23.95.
Kate Christensen is a serious writer: Don’t be fooled by the relentless hipness or what seems the full-throttle frivolity of her subject matter – the joke, if you don’t get it, is on you. Her first novel, In the Drink (1999), earned her wide Read More