Heller McAlpin http://tspr.org en Sorry, Europe. 'Quebert Affair' Plot Thrills, But Prose Lacks Substance http://tspr.org/post/sorry-europe-quebert-affair-plot-thrills-prose-lacks-substance Joel Dicker's breakneck thriller <em>The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair</em> lands stateside trumpeting international sales figures that are the stuff of a writer's wildest dreams: nearly a million copies in France alone. Naturally, our curiosity is roused. Could this be another surprise charmer like Muriel Barbery's quirky <em>The Elegance of the Hedgehog? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 55693 at http://tspr.org Sorry, Europe. 'Quebert Affair' Plot Thrills, But Prose Lacks Substance 'Delicious!' ... Isn't http://tspr.org/post/delicious-isnt The exclamation point in its title is a clear tipoff: <em>Delicious!, </em>Ruth Reichl's first novel, is about as subtle as a Ring Ding. It's an enthusiastic but cloyingly sentimental story about a 21-year-old who finds happiness by making peace with her past — namely, her crippling, self-deprecating hero-worship of her older sister. Tue, 27 May 2014 11:33:24 +0000 Heller McAlpin 53864 at http://tspr.org 'Delicious!' ... Isn't Stories Of Loss, Brightened By Luminous Language http://tspr.org/post/stories-loss-brightened-luminous-language Elizabeth McCracken is a former public librarian best known for her quirkily endearing 1996 novel, <em>The Giant's House</em>, about an unlikely romance kindled at the circulation desk between a petite librarian and a freakishly tall boy. Over time, her work — filled with misfits, giants, and oddballs — has become darker. Mon, 26 May 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 53819 at http://tspr.org Stories Of Loss, Brightened By Luminous Language Before She Was 'Girl, Interrupted' She Was A Girl From Cambridge http://tspr.org/post/she-was-girl-interrupted-she-was-girl-cambridge Twenty years after the publication of <em>Girl, Interrupted</em>, Susanna Kaysen's excoriating memoir about the nearly two years she spent in a psychiatric institution at the end of her teens, she's written a sort of prequel. Cambridge, her unflinching, elegiac, quasi-autobiographical new novel, takes us back to the mid-to-late 1950s with a portrait of Susanna as a difficult, contrary 7-to-11-year-old miserably at odds with her family, her teachers and herself. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 53752 at http://tspr.org Before She Was 'Girl, Interrupted' She Was A Girl From Cambridge Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, 'Vacationers' Is A Frothy Beach Read http://tspr.org/post/full-warmth-and-wisdom-vacationers-frothy-beach-read Meet the Posts — no relation to Emily and her rules of etiquette. The stressed family of New Yorkers in Emma Straub's breezy summer read,<em> The Vacationers,</em> are the kind of people who pack their troubles on top, for easiest access, when they head off on a trip together.<p>Sixty-year-old Jim Post has been kicked out of his beloved job editing <em>Gallant</em> magazine after an indiscretion with a 23-year-old editorial assistant whose father sits on the publication's board. Thu, 22 May 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 53618 at http://tspr.org Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, 'Vacationers' Is A Frothy Beach Read