Reader’s Choice

‘Florence Gordon’ Written by Brian Morton

Florence Gordon, the character, might be one of your least favorite protagonists ever. She’s a grouchy, self-involved, rude know-it-all. But “Florence Gordon,” the book, might well become one of your favorites anyway, as it has for me. It has introduced…

‘Euphoria’ Written by Lily King

Lily King’s prize-winning novel, “Euphoria,” is an intoxicating read that stayed with me long after I finished it. The gifted writer takes us to a time and place we might know only from National Geographic magazines—Papua New Guinea in the…

‘Us’ Written by David Nicholls

I knew I was falling in love from the very first page of David Nicholls’ fourth novel, “Us.” This gifted screenwriter/novelist promises and delivers on a novel full of hilarity, warmth and poignancy. Yet beneath the humor lies a sharp…

‘A Tale for the Time Being’ Written by Ruth Ozeki

Read the reviews of Ruth Ozeki’s third novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” and you’ll see a stream of enthusiastic reactions: “Intellectually provocative,” “full of breakthroughs,” “a dreamy, spiritual investigation,” to name a few. Yes, the novel is all…

‘Nora Webster’ Written by Colm Toibin

Nora Webster is not your typical heroine. The protagonist of Colm Toibin’s eighth novel is a newly widowed 44-year-old in southeastern Ireland who finds herself stripped bare of the satisfying life she’s been living when her husband dies after a…