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The Historian’s Dispassionate Gaze: The TFT Review of Stephen King’s 11/22/63

Neil Baldwin |
What if you could go back in time and single-handedly avert a monumental crisis that changed the course of history? Don’t worry, there are no spoiler-alerts in this TFT review! ... more

Just Because It’s Boring Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad: The TFT Review of Christopher Bollen’s The Lightning People

Gee Henry |
I’m not really a fan of Andy Warhol, but I do like some of the things he said, which I chalk up to the old joke about the broken clock being right twice a day. If I’m rememberi... more

Universes Within Universes: The TFT Review of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84

Neil Baldwin |
Haruki Murakami’s epic new novel, 1Q84 is meant for two kinds of people: those who have been haunted by and obsessed with Murakami’s fiction for years, and those who have... more

Teen Love Triangle Without Vampires or Werewolves: The TFT Review of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Molly Horan |
Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins’ follow-up to her tale of Parisian love in Anna and the French Kiss, puts every YA quirk in a single novel. This isn’t... more

The Language of Childhood: The TFT Review of Justin Torres’ We the Animals

Gee Henry |
Justin Torres’ slim, beautiful first novel We the Animals is an incongruity. Not just because it manages to be a novel without a real plot; or that it’s a kind of “ghetto porn,”... more

Avant Slackerism at Its Best: The TFT Review of Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station

Joshua Cohen |
Lerner’s novel is a minor masterpiece of the Age of Internet, of Terrorism, of the Internet as (a bullshit metaphor for) Terrorism. Relevant search terms for its style include: ... more

Life Overflows With Life: The TFT Review of Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Justin Taylor |
If you want to read a really good essay about Denis Johnson and his new novella, Train Dreams, you should read James Wood’s New Yorker review (“Cabin Fever”, 9/5/11). It quotes ... more

Let There Be Light: The TFT Review of The Luminist by David Rocklin

Ben Pfeiffer |
Over 185 years since Nicéphore Niépce took the world’s first photograph—a photogravure of Pope Pius VII in 1822—the process of photography continues to develop in unanticipated ... more

A Deep Cut: The TFT Review of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Blood Wounds

Molly Horan |
Within the first few pages of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Blood Wounds, out September 13th, the sugary-sweet happiness of 17-year-old Willa’s family might make you want to ... more

Can a Town Be Too Safe? : The TFT Review of King of the Badgers by Phillip Hensher

Robert Tumas |
King of the Badgers by Phillip Hensher is primarily a novel about privacy and surveillance, and how much of each is acceptable. The story is set mostly in the coastal village of... more

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