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Book review: Banana Yoshimoto’s ‘Hardboiled & Hard Luck’

The review originally appeared in September 2005 in the Albany Times Union. Supernatural is a natural in ‘Hardboiled’ Banana Yoshimoto became a literary sensation in Japan with her first book, “Kitchen,” in 1987. Spare prose, novella-length stories and quirky characters combined to make difficult themes, such as sexual identity and death, easily accessible and emotionallyContinue reading “Book review: Banana Yoshimoto’s ‘Hardboiled & Hard Luck’”

Book review: Umberto Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana’

This review originally ran in May 2005 in the Albany Times Union. Memory, identity evaporate in ‘Queen Loana’ Among life’s great chores is the sorting through of old papers, books, records and magazines long ago left in the attic. Few events combine such tedium with unexpected moments of rich nostalgia, in which a single imageContinue reading “Book review: Umberto Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana’”

Book review: “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” by Chuck Kinder

This review first appeared in the Albany Times Union (August 11, 2001) Hilarious, loving characters in ‘Honeymooners’ Chuck Kinder’s first novel since “The Silver Ghost,” in 1978, “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” ($24; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 358 pages), is a hilarious, yet unflinching, eyes-against-the-windshield journey through years of booze, drugs, sex, friendships, lies and betrayalsContinue reading “Book review: “Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale” by Chuck Kinder”

Book review: After Birth by Elisa Albert

I love this book. Get it. Read it. Now. “After Birth” by Elisa Albert tells the story of three months in one woman’s life around a year after giving birth who befriends a former “almost” rock star/poet who is about to give birth. The narrator says of the poet: “I’m a little obsessed with her,Continue reading “Book review: After Birth by Elisa Albert”

Book review: Yasushi Inoue’s ‘Life of a Counterfeiter and Other Stories’

One of the dominant characteristics of Yasushi Inoue’s rhetorical style in “Life of a Counterfeiter and Other Stories” (Pushkin Press; 144 pages; $18) in is his use of “hedging” phrases, such as “for some reason,” “I’ll never know” and “I may simply be reading too much into things.” These phrases could be interpreted as creatingContinue reading “Book review: Yasushi Inoue’s ‘Life of a Counterfeiter and Other Stories’”

‘The Duck’ published in Barleby Snopes 12

Earlier this year, you may have been among the few hundred (OK, maybe thousand) people I bombarded with emails, posts and pleas to vote for my humble short story “The Duck” in Bartleby Snopes’ monthly fiction contest. The winner of each month’s contest is automatically included in Bartleby Snope’s semiannual print journal. Alas, despite allContinue reading “‘The Duck’ published in Barleby Snopes 12”