RaveThe Washington PostGallagher’s voice is vital, literary and sometimes lyrical ... In Youngblood, [he] shows again how war works in the human heart — something we’ll need to know, as long as there is war.
RaveThe NationIf Gilead represents stability, stillness and peace, Lila has weathered its polar opposite: itinerancy, uncertainty and risk … Robinson’s presence within her narrative is compassionate and knowing; she inhabits her characters fully. Like God, she loves and understands each of them; she loves and understands each facet of this world she writes about. In fact, God is a powerful presence in these books. The style itself suggests his presence: the sentences are sonorous, the tone quiet and meditative. At times they sound as though they might be translations from archaic writings … Lila tells the story of the force of recognition that connects Ames and Lila—he full of faith and conviction, she full of wariness and suspicion.
Those Who Leave and Those Who StayElena Ferrante
RaveThe New York Times Sunday Book ReviewFerrante’s Naples is in thrall to the Camorra, which determines the girls’ behavior toward their classmates (sucking up to Camorra kids), the jobs their boyfriends are allowed (maybe working as an attendant at a gas station on the stradone) and what the girls wear when they come back from a honeymoon (big sunglasses and voluminous scarves, to hide black eyes and bruises) … In these bold, gorgeous, relentless novels, Ferrante traces the deep connections between the political and the domestic. This is a new version of the way we live now — one we need, one told brilliantly, by a woman.