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We Are Not Ourselves (Matthew Thomas, 2014)

Matthew Thomas’ debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, is a masterful, deeply moving portrait of a woman (Eileen Leary, née Tumulty) and her family that spans five decades and three generations. Born in the Irish immigrant community of Woodside, Queens in the 1940s, Eileen survives a difficult childhood and becomes a successful nurse administrator and the anchor … Continue reading


Super Sad True Love Story (Gary Shteyngart, 2010)

Gary Shteyngart’s third novel, Super Sad True Love Story, lives up to at least one part of its hyperbolic title. It is a love story of sorts about a woefully mismatched couple: a middle-aged Russian-American neurotic, Lenny Abramov, and Eunice Park, a beautiful Korean-American 20-something-year-old. Luckily for readers, Super Sad True Love Story is bracingly funny even … Continue reading


Bark (Lorrie Moore, 2014)

Lorrie Moore’s fifth short story collection, Bark (2014), explores relationships in various stages of disintegration. From the title story, “Debarking”, to “Paper Losses” and “Wings”, Moore chronicles the emotional states of couples falling apart: the desperation of a woman who participates in a cruel scheme to please her companion, the alienation of a husband and … Continue reading


Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walter, 2012)

Inspired by the golden age of Hollywood’s major studios, Beautiful Ruins is a picaresque novel about the unexpected turns in life. (The title pays tribute to the actor Richard Burton, whose fictional doppelganger plays a crucial supporting role here.) The story spans the decades from the Second World War to the present, and effortlessly weaves an intricate tapestry from a … Continue reading


Ida (2013)

Set in 1960s Communist-era Poland, Ida (directed by Pawel Pawlikowsky, co-written by Pawlikowsky and Rebecca Lenkiewicz) is a story about a young orphaned nun, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), who is on the verge of taking her vows when she’s told by her mother superior that she has a living relative — an aunt named Wanda– and … Continue reading