While most American fiction focuses on national concerns, its high-end, prize-winning fiction looks around the globe. Why the divide?
Editor: Nicholas Dames
If Cloud Atlas is any guide, one of the best ways to sound like a bygone novelist is to make your narrator sound like a racist.
A defaced family photograph—with an ancestor cut out—reveals to Ferrante’s new protagonist how women are erased by the words and deeds of men.
What can the history of the temp-work industry teach us about the precarity of modern working life?
Freedom has always been arbitrary in a world, then and now, when the practice of capitalism requires the ongoing erosion of even the most basic rights.
Rather than try to kill his literary parents, Eugenides embraces as many of them as possible.
Women writing about women spies who are, themselves, writing. What’s next for women’s espionage writing?
The most interesting science fiction is not about the future at all but about the present.
#MeToo has revived an enduring feminist question: What do women want, and how can they get it?
Garth Greenwell challenges readers to see how sex—especially for queer people—might be an act of difficult but healing care.
Baseball is ideal for explaining American economic precarity: the players try desperately to get home safe, but almost always fail to do so.
“One of the reasons it took so long to write is that—as I would joke with my friends—I found myself writing the great Zambian novel.”
In The Babadook and The Need, the introduction of a monster amplifies preexisting anxieties, rather than generating fresh ones.
Hale’s stories reveal that the woman who’s right is still the one kept up at night.
In Terry Bisson’s 1991 sci-fi story, “They’re Made Out of Meat,” two characters discuss alien life-forms that have been attempting to make contact with their species. The conversation returns again ...
Before our eyes, US Latinx writers are inventing a new form of the novel. The classic bildungsroman, or novel of education and development, typically ...
Stephen McCauley is the author of a bevy—a raft, even—of beloved comic novels. Recent ones include My Ex-Life, Alternatives to Sex, and ...
Margaret Atwood has argued that there is “within each utopia, a concealed dystopia; within each dystopia, a hidden utopia, if only in the form of the world as it ...
Fitting chaos into form is what genre was made for. But what does it mean for our literature—let alone our society—when reality suddenly turns wolfishly against ...
When should a woman kill her husband? I have turned this question over and over ...