The Great Transylvanian Novel? On Gábor Vida’s “Story of a Stammer”

SEPTEMBER 7, 2022 PERHAPS IT’S UNWISE to begin a review with an admission of ignorance, but learning new things for me is one of the great boons of reading. Nonfiction teaches almost by its nature, but novels can be every bit as edifying for me, particularly works in translation that arose out of environments different … Read more

God’s Ongoing Story: On John Haught’s “God After Einstein”

AUGUST 28, 2022 WHILE THE INTENSITY of scientifically inspired New Atheism has to some extent withered since the Iraq War and its aftermath, the scientifically inspired Christian responses to it just keep coming. The main figures in this countermovement have been scientist theologians who populate Britain’s ancient universities and pockets of American academy. The Vatican … Read more

Writing An Unconventional Love Story In Young Adult Fiction, a guest post by Kate Stollenwerck 

My debut novelHello, Goodbye, has many elements at play— adventure, mystery, humor, and romance—but, at its core, lies a love story. But the great love of this tale isn’t romantic love, but rather the pure, unconditional love shared between a grandparent and grandchild. I first had the idea for this love story over twenty years … Read more

Literally Bringing Readers Into the Story through Interactive Serial Novels, a guest post by Beth Revis

It took a pandemic for me to experiment with serial novels, but I never thought it would totally change both the way I write and the way I interact with readers. In 2020, as Covid had me tucked in my house and craving at least a little human interaction, Amazon announced a new writing program … Read more

Blending the Family Story with the Coming-of-Age Novel, a guest post by Anna Rose Johnson

When many authors begin a story, they have a good idea of ​​what category it might fall into: it could be a book about a close-knit family like The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, or it could be about a teen navigating a new life like Hattie Ever After. But what if you want to do … Read more

Re-Envisioning Story Through Revision, a guest post by Shawn K. Stout

There are two kinds of writers—those who enjoy revision, and those who would rather eat a plate of mulch. I am the first kind of writer. (Besides, I’m allergic to mulch). There’s something very satisfying about solving problems, fixing plot points, and improving sentences—reshaping what’s already on the page. Unlike writing a first draft, where … Read more

The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister”

The following review was written before the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine. ¤ OLESYA KHROMEYCHUK’S NEW BOOK, A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister, is about her own brother, who died in 2017 fighting for Ukraine against Russian-backed forces. Though the book achieves Khromeychuk’s goal — to humanize the war … Read more