‘The Wallcreeper’ by Nell Zink

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, Dec. 2, 2014 You don’t read Nell Zink so much as step into the ring with her. Every sentence is a jab or feint, rigged for surprise. Every word feels like a verb. The plot leaps will give you vertigo. Her debut novel, “The Wallcreeper,” is a veryContinue reading “‘The Wallcreeper’ by Nell Zink”

On ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ by Jonathan Franzen

By Parul Sehgal, The Slate Book Review, Nov. 8, 2013 Some books ought to be allowed to molder in peace. Jonathan Franzen’s first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City, published in 1988, is a paranoid conspiracy novel, the kind of thing that doesn’t age well—and hasn’t. It has earned some rest. But it’s been trotted out forContinue reading “On ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ by Jonathan Franzen”