reviewed by Karen Uhlmann
April 14th, 2014 | 8:00am

Bark is Lorrie Moore’s first collection of stories in sixteen years, and it is a work to devour. While most of the eight stories have appeared elsewhere, including three in The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore (2008), they feel fresh here. We...

reviewed by James Dickson
March 31st, 2014 | 8:00am


I’ll be honest: when The Common asked me to review Ros Barber’s new book, The Marlowe Papers, I was leery. Novels-in-verse aren’t really my thing. Reading the back cover blurbs, I became even more skeptical...

reviewed by TERESE SVOBODA
March 3rd, 2014 | 9:00am

Begin with the cover of Dragon Logic: double Garamond italic ampersands. Inverted they propose elegant dragons against a green hide background. “TWO dragons,” Stephanie Strickland writes in the eponymous poem, “keep a...

reviewed by Karen Uhlmann
January 20th, 2014 | 9:00am



What We’ve Lost is Nothing, a debut novel by Rachel Louise Snyder, weaves the stories of a group of neighbors in famously liberal Oak Park, Illinois, after burglars hit every house on the block in a...

January 6th, 2014 | 9:00am
reviewed by James Dickson
December 16th, 2013 | 9:00am

Southern writer can be a term of endearment or an epithet. The late Mississipi-born novelist and short-story writer, Barry Hannah, bristled at the label. “...

reviewed by AJ SOOD
December 2nd, 2013 | 9:00am

At the heart of Hari Kunzru’s fourth novel, Gods without Men, is the disappearance of a child, Raj Matharu, four years old, the autistic son of wealthy New Yorkers Jaz, a Sikh, and his Jewish wife, Lisa. Raj was last seen...

November 18th, 2013 | 8:00am


Being Portuguese and Canadian, I’m always looking for literature about the Portuguese immigrant experience in North America. So I eagerly anticipated the acclaimed Canadian writer Anthony de Sa’s new novel, ...

November 4th, 2013 | 8:00am
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Lotería is a Mexican card game that is played like bingo but with images instead of numbers. It is also the title of Mario Alberto Zambrano’s first novel about a traumatized child and her family, whose lives on this side of the border go disastrously wrong.

Zambrano uses lotería cards as a device to tell his story. Narrated by 11-year-old Luz Maria Castillo,...

reviewed by NICOLE TRESKA
October 21st, 2013 | 8:00am


Happiness, Like Water is both an apt and a paradoxical title for Chinelo Okparanta’s debut collection. In these ten stories which deal primarily in the domestic, happiness is indeed essential and elusive, but it is neither...