Ellah Allfrey

NWPR Books
4:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Story Of Pluck And Courage In An Unforgiving Future

iStockphoto

The imagined near future of Chang-Rae Lee's new novel is entirely credible. So much so that one is, for much of the book, lulled into reading the story as merely a warning of the perils of unbridled consumerism and neglect of our environment. And indeed, yes, there is that, but there is so much more besides.

Read more
NWPR Books
2:20 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

After Tragedy, Lost Live On In 'Maid's Version' Of The Story

iStockphoto.com

For readers new to Daniel Woodrell's work, The Maid's Version is a perfect introduction and an invitation to read more. It's a short book — almost a novella at a mere 164 pages — but there are lifetimes captured here. Woodrell sets the story in his beloved Missouri Ozarks, and he writes with clear-eyed observation, introducing the reader to characters whose lives are shaped as much by their rural landscape as by the moral ambiguities — the collective lies, constraints and collusions — that form the necessary glue holding their community together.

Read more