reviewed by Sarah Wetzel
July 8th, 2014 | 6:00am
Eye to Eye by Maria Terrone

Eye to Eye by Maria Terrone


reviewed by Karen Uhlmann
June 30th, 2014 | 9:12am

The Weight of the Human Heart, a short story collection by Ryan O’Neill, plays with language, cultural understandings, and misunderstandings. O’Neill...

reviewed by Rebecca Chace
June 16th, 2014 | 6:00am

Reading Blake Bailey’s memoir of his deranged brother, The Splendid Things We Planned, I kept thinking of a line...

reviewed by NICOLE TRESKA
June 2nd, 2014 | 9:36am

In All Our Names, the Ethiopian-born novelist Dinaw Mengestu tells the story of two Isaacs and a Helen living, loving, and leaving each other—apparently in the 1970s. The story, which takes place in both Uganda, and a generic Midwestern U.S. town called Laurel, is narrated partly by Isaac, whose real name isn...

reviewed by Sarah Wetzel
May 5th, 2014 | 8:00am

Most of us have been damaged or done damage to someone we love. Perhaps we fell into an affair, abused alcohol or drugs, or turned our backs on commitment. Who has not awakened at three a.m. to find the grinning demon of shame at the foot of...

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