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60Five Grueling Days of Joyhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/02/five-grueling-days-of-joy
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500When the woman came for our daughters, we were crowded around a small round metal table, eating damp French fries and day-old bagels. It was early evening, and we’d had a long day, and now another stranger was giving my wife a piece of paper. Was this yet another petition to sign? A cool Catholic app to download? I watched with increasing annoyance as Anna began chatting with her. Were they both somehow immune to the spill-and-tumble-filled dining of our four small children? Obviously I could have done something about that myself but, er, I needed to look something up on my phone first.
Scout's Grown Uphttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/01/scouts-grown-up
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500Go Set a Watchman by harper lee harpercollins, 288 pages, $27.99
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964 by zachary leader knopf, 832 pages, $40
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400
The most electrifying reading experience I’ve had this past year came 656 pages into Donna Tartt’s recent novel,
. A twenty-first-century young American’s adventure story, its action moves from wealthy Manhattan to Great Recession–era Las Vegas to decadent high-end European hotels, covering various points in between and beyond. The hero is an orphan who steals a priceless piece of art just as his mother dies in a terrorist attack at a New York museum. Following its 2013 publication, Tartt’s novel earned high acclaim, the Pulitzer Prize, and an extended stay on bestseller lists.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500The Book of Strange New Things? by michel faber ?hogarth, 512 pages, $28
Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Awarded the Nobel Prize in 2003, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee has long been a fierce if idiosyncratic moral voice in contemporary literary circles. In the 1970s and 1980s, his essays and fiction regularly took withering aim at the hypocrisies and absurdities of colonialism, and likewise at apartheid-era life in his native South Africa (this included, incidentally, a thoughtful, if critical,review of
, Richard John Neuhaus’s own book about South Africa). His work since then has focused increasingly on questions of animal rights, on the ethics of vegetarianism, and on blurring the distinctions between fiction and autobiography.
]]>Faith in Fictionhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/08/faith-in-fiction
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400I’m sick of Flannery O’Connor. I’m also sick of Walker Percy, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Dostoevsky. Actually, I’m sick of hearing about them from religiously minded readers. These tend to be the only authors that come up when I ask them what they read for literature.
]]>Thoroughly Modern Maryhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/03/thoroughly-modern-mary
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500The Testament of Mary
by Colm Tóibín
Scribner, 81 pages, $19.99
]]>Teenage Muslim Misadventureshttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/11/teenage-muslim-misadventures
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0400 American Dervish
by Ayad Akhtar
Little, Brown, 368 pages, $24.99