Riveting! A Spy Among Friends chronicles the incredible career of Kim Philby: British gentleman, M16 officer, husband, father, friend--and Soviet spy. With his trademark impeccable research and a flair for the humorous as well as the dramatic, Ben Macintyre tells a fascinating story culminating in a betrayal both political and personal.
A sharp, darkly funny debut novel. Irreverent but loving, I loved it and I missed the characters for days after finishing it. If you love the novels of Nicole Krauss, Gary Shteyngart, and Jonathan Safran Foer, this book is for you. Beautifully written and beautifully told.
This exceptionally strong collection of stories observes characters who inhabit the Old Country, Israel, and the United States while never feeling quite at home. Antopol is an elegant and perceptive writer who will surprise and delight you.
The only way to get me to read a novel about the '90s-'00s New York modern art scene is to make it fearlessly philosophical, intensely personal, and very, very angry. Actually, this is the book that inspired these criteria (there were no previous criteria, only "No"). It's not only intelligent but clever, framing the fictional story as a nonfictional endeavor constructed from multiple points of view. This appeals to my inner narratologist; in addition to its emotional and philosophical brilliance, The Blazing World is a masterpiece of technique.
You should feel bad about rooting for “the silent wife” in this dark story of a marriage gone sour -- but you won’t. You know who dies by page 2, but that won’t stop you from anxiously and breathlessly turning the pages. Great book for an airplane - time will fly!