Babylon: Yasmina Reza

Translated from French by Linda Asher “The world isn’t tidy. It’s a mess. I don’t try to make it neat.” This epigraph from Garry Winograd, an American street photographer, opens the book. The story is narrated by Elisabeth, a sixty-year-old woman looking back at a particular day in her life. When we first meet her, …

Continue reading Babylon: Yasmina Reza

The Emperor of Ocean Park: Stephen L. Carter

When Oliver Garland, a well-respected judge, dies—ostensibly of a heart attack—his daughter, Mariah, suspects foul play. Her brother, Tal, a professor of law at a university, is sceptical. Oliver (whom Tal refers to as The Judge) was tipped to a Supreme Court judge, one of the two black judges. But at the hearings, he was …

Continue reading The Emperor of Ocean Park: Stephen L. Carter

Beauty is a Wound: Eka Kurniawan

Translated from Indonesian by Annie Tucker “One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years. … She had passed away at fifty-two, rose again after being dead for twenty-one years, and from that point forward nobody knew exactly how to calculate her age.” This novel …

Continue reading Beauty is a Wound: Eka Kurniawan