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Life of Pi

Yann Martel is a writer with a firm but strictly one-handed grip on reality. And the other hand? Conjuring doves, lassoing great beasts, drawing fantastic doodles? His writing suggests any and all of the above. Martel’s first novel, Self, was a largely social realist account of a young person’s discovery of the world, maturation as […]

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Ariadne’s Dream

Tess Fragoulis, whose new novel Ariadne’s Dream is set in modern day Greece but includes the occasional cameo appearance by the occasional mythical figure, received her first book of Greek mythology when she was six. Her father gave it to her and she remembers him making it clear to her that the stories in the […]

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Sister Crazy

“All happy families are alike: every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy. In her wonderfully fresh and haunting debut, Sister Crazy, Emma Richler takes the reader along a series of obsessive talkabouts, seven modestly irreverent monologues that destroy any illusion that every happy family is a clone. Jemima Weiss, middle of […]