A Rave Review for James Wood's How Fiction Works From The New Republic

In the back of The New Republic this week is a glowing review by Frank Kermode of James Wood’s forthcoming book How Fiction Works.

Wood, of course, spent twelve years as The New Republic‘s chief literary critic before abruptly leaving last summer for a staff job at The New Yorker. And so, while it’s not the liveliest piece in the world (“Commentary of the kind here offered will very often give rise to conflicting readings, and I do not often find myself in serious dispute with the author. Wood’s book is full of acceptable insights on a long list of novelists and topics…”), Mr. Kermode’s review is a compelling one when you consider just how much The New Republic meant to Mr. Wood during those twelve years, and how much he meant to it.

A Rave Review for James Wood's How Fiction Works From The New Republic