Book Review: The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds: A Novel by Nell Freudenberger (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 337 pp) Nell Freudenberger (b. 1975) is an American novelist, who graduated from Harvard. Her other books include The Dissident and Lucky Girls. Her short stories have been published by The New Yorker, and she has several book reviews published with The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vogue. Newly Wed I’m a newlywed, and happily so. As I write this, I’m still in my first year of marriage, nearing my one-year anniversary. Truthfully, being married (to my wife, anyway) is absolutely wonderful. We’ve had a few hardships, but not many in the scheme of things; my wife and I have been blessed in this regard. Some marriages,… Read More →

Book Review: The Mirage

The Mirage: A Novel by Matt Ruff (New York: Harper Collins, 2012. 414 pp) Matt Ruff (b. 1965) wrote his first novel, Fool on the Hill, from his senior thesis at Cornell University. His fourth novel, Bad Monkeys, received a Washington State Book Award for fiction, an Alex Award, and a PNBA Book Award. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lisa Gold. 9/11 Role Reversal It’s the month of September in the year in 2001, and something isn’t right. “This is the day the world changes. It’s 21 Shaban, year 1422 after the Hijra. Or as the international trade calendar would have it: November 9, 2001. Sunrise in Baghdad is at 6:25, and as the first rays strike the… Read More →