RaveThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe spirit of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness hovers above Elizabeth Kostova’s haunting new novel ... Kostova builds her characters with skill and patience, making them both fully human and deeply humane ... As Kostova brings her riveting tale to a climax, weaving effortlessly between Lazarov’s past and Alexandra’s present, we discover both a superb storyteller and a subtle moralist.
The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century FranceSusan Rubin Suleiman
RaveThe Los Angeles Review of Books...a personal, poignant, and perceptive account ... The author handles this complicated subject — which has created a cottage industry among academics and fueled very public debates — with lightly worn erudition and deeply felt compassion ... With her own knack for nuance, Suleiman captures the quality that sets Némirovsky apart, despite or perhaps because of her flaws: as a writer, she is attachant. We read and treasure her — we are attached to her — because, at her best, she brilliantly conveys the entangled state of our ties with others and with our own selves.
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary ClassicAlice Kaplan
RaveThe Los Angeles Review of Books...[an] absorbing account ... Kaplan tells this story with great verve and insight, all the while preserving the mystery of its creation and elusiveness of its meaning ... While some might question Kaplan’s claim that the novel 'changed the course of modern literature,' few will ever question either the work’s perennial appeal or the brilliance with which Kaplan has told its story.