Sunday’s NYT Book Review

We’ve been tracking the mounting reviews for Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story and we fully expected to find it on the cover of this week’s NYT Book Review.

But, no, that space goes to the novels by Hans Keilson, published in the Netherlands in 1947, now being published by FSG in the US. Francine Prose calls The Death of the Adversary and Comedy in a Minor Key masterpieces and Keilson a genius.

Super Sad is reviewed, however, in the issue where it also debuts on the Fiction Best Seller list at #11.

Also reviewed are Mary Roach’s Packing For Mars, (the reviewer agrees with most everyone else, including Jon Stewart, that is is “hilarious”) Mona Simpson’s My Hollywood (“Simpson works her habitual magic”), Rick Moody’s The Four Fingers of Death (doesn’t “succeed as a whole”) and Susan Isaacs’ As Husbands Go (fun characters, but too much detail).

In an essay, Pamela Paul explains she’s not the only one who prefers her kids’ books to those written for adults. Lev Grossman,Time magazine’s book critic says, ““I think young adult fiction is one of the few areas of literature right now where storytelling really thrives.”

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