Yaa Gyasi’s new novel meditates on the problems we try to solve with science, with faith, and with love.
Let’s rupture and reject the “timeline,” a flawed and colonial form of teaching history.
How should readers and scholars look on the tangible traces writers leave behind?
It might seem self-evident that White the author practiced what Strunk and White the style gurus preached, but the truth is more complicated.
While most American fiction focuses on national concerns, its high-end, prize-winning fiction looks around the globe. Why the divide?
As in mythology, the characters in a 1984 Turkish novel are acted upon by forces distant and uncaring.
A behind-the-scenes look at what Public Books editors and staff have been reading this month.
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.
Why did Americans start distrusting small towns? The answer is one book, in which a woman moves from the city—and loses her freedom.
“We're in a science fiction novel now that we are all co-writing together.”
A child’s novel can be funny by revealing how much a child does know, after all.
What can the history of the temp-work industry teach us about the precarity of modern working life?
Rather than try to kill his literary parents, Eugenides embraces as many of them as possible.
Both left and right employ “speculative nonfiction” to imagine the world after climate change. But who will win the battle of the futurists?
When freedom will not arrive to us, can we get nearer to it?
How can experimental fiction help to democratize storytelling?
The most interesting science fiction is not about the future at all but about the present.
John Cage's concerts taught us to hear silence. Can novels do the same?
The author’s pagan obsessions, like her chatty metacritiques of other modernist writers, set her apart from her contemporaries.
#MeToo has revived an enduring feminist question: What do women want, and how can they get it?