Posts Published by Will A

Room

It took me awhile to fully embrace Emma Donoghue’s Room, but once I did, I was in. All the way in. Part of the initial problem is that it is narrated by five-year-old Jack, the…

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Gone Girl

By now, I am the second or third person to review Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for this site, so there’s a good chance I am not going to say anything the others haven’t said. But…

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The Paperboy

In The Paperboy, Pete Dexter sets a sibling rivalry into the humid crucible of northern Florida, adds a murder mystery, and then stirs in traces of sexual intrigue. Altogether, it’s a recipe for a strange…

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History of a Pleasure Seeker

Meet Piet Barol. The protagonist of Richard Mason’s History of a Pleasure Seeker, he’s handsome, charming, and, above all, cunning. He’s not at all afraid to use his wiles to lift himself up out of…

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The Song of Achilles

The bodice-ripper gets a gay makeover in Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles and, for the most part, the transformation works. The bulk of the novel coasts on the slow-to-consummate attraction between Patroclus, an exiled…

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