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Denis Johnson’s war

Vietnam in Tree of Smoke
Denis Johnson has given us so many maimed and suffering souls in the past 25 years, he could fill a trauma ward.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  November 06, 2007


American dreamer

Ha Jin retraces his journey
It’s difficult to think of an American writer with a story more inspiring than Ha Jin’s.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  October 15, 2007


Class acts

Richard Russo’s family tidings
The cast of Bridge of Sighs — Russo’s first novel since his 2001 Pulitzer winner, Empire Falls — may have benefitted from a refresher course with Emerson.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 26, 2007


War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007


Heat waves

Summer reads to cool off with
“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007


Cheatin’ heart

In Lionel Shriver, you only live twice
In The Unbearable Lightness of Being , Milan Kundera struck upon an idea to give every cheating heart a moment’s pause.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  January 28, 2010

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