Book Reviews

This page provides links to some of Michael Magras’s book reviews. Other links can be found on the main blog page.

Hark, Sam Lipsyte, BookPage, January 15, 2019

At the End of the Century, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Houston Chronicle, December 3, 2018

All the Lives We Never Lived, Anuradha Roy, BookPage, December 1, 2018

A Ladder to the Sky, John Boyne, BookPage, November 13, 2018

The White Darkness, David Grann, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 26, 2018

Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver, Houston Chronicle, October 19, 2018

Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami, Houston Chronicle, October 11, 2018

The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate Morton, BookPage, October 9, 2018

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories, Deborah Eisenberg, BookPage, September 25, 2018

Transcription, Kate Atkinson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 25, 2018

French Exit, Patrick deWitt, BookPage, September 1, 2018

Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart, Houston Chronicle, August 29, 2018

The Shakespeare Requirement, Julie Schumacher, BookPage, August 1, 2018

Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, Kevin Wilson, BookPage, August 1, 2018

Clock Dance, Anne Tyler, BookPage, July 1, 2018

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, Nell Painter, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 15, 2018

Good Trouble, Joseph O’Neill, Houston Chronicle, June 6, 2018

A View of the Empire at Sunset, Caryl Phillips, BookPage, May 22, 2018

Virgin, Analicia Sotelo, Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2018

Welcome to Lagos, Chibundu Onuzo, BookPage, May 1, 2018

You Think It, I’ll Say It, Curtis Sittenfeld, Houston Chronicle, April 24, 2018

The Only Story, Julian Barnes, Houston Chronicle, April 11, 2018

Woman of the Ashes, Mia Couto, BookPage, April 10, 2018

Memento Park, Mark Sarvas, and The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman, Newsday, March 9, 2018

Wrestling with the Devil, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 2, 2018

The Sparsholt Affair, Alan Hollinghurst, BookPage, March 1, 2018

Chicago, David Mamet, Houston Chronicle, February 26, 2018

Feel Free, Zadie Smith, Houston Chronicle, February 6, 2018

A Girl in Exile, Ismail Kadare, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 4, 2018

The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers, Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 26, 2018

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 7, 2018

Phone, Will Self, Houston Chronicle, January 5, 2018

Silence: In the Age of Noise, Erling Kagge, Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 29, 2017

Elmet, Fiona Mozley, BookPage, December 5, 2017

Fresh Complaint: Stories, Jeffrey Eugenides, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 26, 2017

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, Lawrence O’Donnell, Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 10, 2017

The King Is Always Above the People, Daniel Alarcón, Newsday, November 8, 2017

Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich, BookPage, October 22, 2017

Dunbar, Edward St. Aubyn, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 8, 2017

Here in Berlin, Cristina García, BookPage, October 1, 2017

Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan, Houston Chronicle, September 28, 2017

Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 16, 2017

The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott, Houston Chronicle, September 15, 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward, BookPage, September 1, 2017

New People, Danzy Senna, BookPage, August 1, 2017

The Confusion of Languages, Siobhan Fallon, BookPage, July 1, 2017

The Accomplished Guest, Ann Beattie, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 11, 2017

So Much Blue, Percival Everett, Houston Chronicle, June 9, 2017

Memoirs of a Polar Bear, Yoko Tawada, Kenyon Review Online, June 9, 2017

House of Names, Colm Tóibín, Shelf Awareness, June 6, 2017

Augustown, Kei Miller, BookPage, June 1, 2017

Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 7, 2017

The Leavers, Lisa Ko, BookPage, May 2, 2017

Compass, Mathias Énard, Shelf Awareness, April 25, 2017

Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout, Houston Chronicle, April 21, 2017

Marlena, Julie Buntin, BookPage, April 1, 2017

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid, Shelf Awareness, March 31, 2017

Lenin on the Train, Catherine Merridale, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 24, 2017

Ill Will, Dan Chaon, BookPage, March 1, 2017

Ghachar Ghochar, Vivek Shanbhag, Shelf Awareness, February 21, 2017

Last Day on Earth: Stories, Eric Puchner, Houston Chronicle, February 17, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 12, 2017

4 3 2 1, Paul Auster, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 29, 2017

Enigma Variations, André Aciman, Shelf Awareness, January 20, 2017

Homesick for Another World, Ottessa Moshfegh, Houston Chronicle, January 18, 2017

Little Labors, Rivka Galchen, Kenyon Review Online, January 16, 2017

Of All That Ends, Günter Grass, Shelf Awareness, January 3, 2017

Human Acts, Han Kang, BookPage, January 1, 2017

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, Brad Ricca, Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 30, 2016

Gesell Dome, Guillermo Saccomanno, San Francisco Chronicle, December 8, 2016

Moonglow, Michael Chabon, Houston Chronicle, November 18, 2016

Swing Time, Zadie Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 13, 2016

The Terranauts, T.C. Boyle, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 4, 2016

Amateurs, Dylan Hicks, Kenyon Review Online, November 4, 2016

Thus Bad Begins, Javier Marías, BookPage, November 1, 2016

The Hidden Keys, André Alexis, Shelf Awareness, October 28, 2016

Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood, Shelf Awareness, October 21, 2016

Everything I Found on the Beach, Cynan Jones, Kenyon Review Online, October 21, 2016

Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler, National Book Critics Circle, October 18, 2016

All That Man Is, David Szalay, Northwest Review of Books, October 3, 2016

The Red Car, Marcy Dermansky, BookPage, October 1, 2016

The Angel of History, Rabih Alameddine, Houston Chronicle, September 30, 2016

The Wonder, Emma Donoghue, Houston Chronicle, September 16, 2016

Nutshell, Ian McEwan, Shelf Awareness, September 13, 2016

Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 4, 2016

Perfume River, Robert Olen Butler, BookPage, September 1, 2016

The Hatred of Poetry, Ben Lerner, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 22, 2016

The Return, Hisham Matar, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 15, 2016

The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, Stuart Stevens, and The Hopefuls, Jennifer Close, BookPage, July 1, 2016

Jackson, 1964, Calvin Trillin, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 28, 2016

Barkskins, Annie Proulx, Houston Chronicle, June 10, 2016

Smoke, Dan Vyleta, BookPage, May 24, 2016

The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 15, 2016

LaRose, Louise Erdrich, Houston Chronicle, May 6, 2016

The Mirror Thief, Martin Seay, BookPage, May 1, 2016

Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett, Miami Herald, April 29, 2016

Orson Welles, Vol. 3: One-Man Band, Simon Callow, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2016

Innocents and Others, Dana Spiotta, The Iowa Review, March 14, 2016

The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End, Katie Roiphe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 13, 2016

Sudden Death, Álvaro Enrigue, San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2016

High Dive, Jonathan Lee, Houston Chronicle, March 4, 2016

In Other Words, Jhumpa Lahiri, Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 9, 2016

Good On Paper, Rachel Cantor, BookPage, February 1, 2016

Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, Ian Buruma, Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 16, 2016

The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie, BookPage, January 1, 2016

Like Family, Paolo Giordano, BookPage, December 1, 2015

Paris At War: 1939-1944, David Drake, Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 20, 2015

Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving, Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2015

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise, Oscar Hijuelos, BookPage, November 1, 2015

Slade House, David Mitchell, Houston Chronicle, October 31, 2015

Submission, Michel Houellebecq, San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2015

Fortune Smiles, Adam Johnson, BookPage, September 1, 2015

Kissinger’s Shadow, Greg Grandin, Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 22, 2015

Saint Mazie, Jami Attenberg, BookPage, June 1, 2015

The Harder They Come, T.C. Boyle, The Iowa Review, April 21, 2015