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A body is found, and a family reacts, in ‘The Boy in the Field’

In her latest novel, Margot Livesey spins a luminous tale of what happens to a family after three teenage siblings discover a young man unconscious in a field. Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan Lang, waiting for an after-school ride from their father, decide to start walking down the Oxford country roads towards home.

A fan’s review of ‘Midnight Sun,’ after a marathon read of the 671-page novel from ‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer

Fans have waited 12 years for this new novel from Stephenie Meyer, told from Edward Cullen's point of view.


Far-from-random acts of kindness in Stephen McCauley’s ‘My Ex-Life'

Set in a town north of Boston, McCauley's 2018 novel is, among other things, a comment on the power of simple human decency.


Tracing a long history of inequality in ‘Caste'

“With an old house, the work is never done, and you don’t expect it to be,” writes Isabel Wilkerson in her new book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents." “America is an old house.” It is a simple analogy that is classic Wilkerson, whose previous book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” chronicled the Great Migration through the masterful weaving of thousands of narratives within the United States.


Essays on writing, parenting, and friendship from Laura Lippman

Lippman’s revelations about herself and her life are refreshingly candid and imbued with a seriously robust overtone of humor, a double-barrelled approach that dovetails nicely with Lippman’s self-description of being “gleefully honest.”


Bibliophiles: On diving into obsessions

In “Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots,” Morgan Jerkins explores a transformative era in American history, when some 6 million Black Americans left the South between 1916 to 1970 by following her own family’s journey.


Tracing hooded history in ‘Life of a Klansman’

Early in his sixth book, Edward Ball describes a credo that white Creoles in New Orleans live by: On lave son linge sale en famille (wash your dirty laundry inside the family). Ball’s “Klansman” narrates the life of his Creole ancestor, his great-great-great grandfather, Polycarp Constant Lecorgne.


Jill McCorkle draws from memory and its totems

The author's new novel was inspired by "those little traces" people leave behind.