Review created the New Fiction Forum as
a space for wide-ranging dialogue about contemporary fiction, a
dialogue founded on a simple premise: that despite the intense commercialism
of current publishing, there are original, vital novels published
every season and readers to whom such narratives are of the profoundest
importance. Alongside evaluative reviews, the Forum features essays
that explore the complete works of individual writers; discuss emerging
trends and innovativions in fiction (creative and commercial); and
probe the shifting meaning of genres as writers stretch and bend
them. Moreover, in an effort to provoke debate about the very nature
of reviewing and its role in the fate of a novel, we invite authors
to respond to reviewers. Throughout, the Forum approaches fiction
as what we strongly believe it to bean essential part of our
individual and collective livesand in so doing, reasserts
why it so deeply matters.
below for a list of New Fiction Forums, or choose a review by
title from the following list.
December 2003/January 2004
M.G. Stephens remembers a Greenwich Village bookstore.
M.K. Chakrabarti on Monica Alis Brick Lane.
A Mostly Irish Farce Roger
Boylan on writing The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad.
Buona Sera, Social Clubs?
Alane Salierno Mason on Italian American fiction anthologies.
Another Country Sue
Halpern on writing The Book of Hard Things.
One-Man Show James Hynes on the British novelists
An Indian Realist
in a World of Fiction Aniruddha Bahal on writing
of the American Short Story Tom Bissell on Elizabeth
Cranes When the Messenger Is Hot and Marshall Boswells
Trouble with Girls.
Noir Jennifer Howard on Jean-Patrick Manchettes
Three to Kill and The Prone Gunman.
with Very Dark Eyes and Hair You Could Call Raven-black Margriet
de Moor on writing Duke of Egypt.
Lives James Campbell
The New Yorker editor who became
his own best charge.
the Issue Patrick Erouart-Siad
French literature out of touch with social realities.
December 2002/January 2003
Alan Fursts glamorous, doomed world.
Writing the madness of war.
in Love Vivian Gornick
Why Colette, deBeauvoir, and Duras dont age well.
Richard A. Kaye
Paul LaFarges Haussmann, or the Distinction
and Susan Daitchs L.C.
Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian
Thomas Bernhard: Gathering Evidence; Correction; Gargoyles
James M. Baskin
David Gilmour: Sparrow Nights Richard Burgin
The War at Home Jill Eisenstadt
Zeeland, or Elective Concurrences Roger Boylan
Under the Influence
The intoxicating power of Kate Bravermans first
April/ May 2002
in the Age of Oprah James Campbell
The case of Oprah v. Franzen.
Norman: The Northern Lights; The Bird Artist; The Museum Guard;
The Haunting of L. Drake Bennett
February/ March 2002
Exile Roger Boylan
James Hamilton-Paterson explores his inner life and our human
Ladders Jennifer Howard
Eric Amblers spy thrillers confront a century of political
Returns Ethan Paquin
December 2001/ January 2002
of Trauma Joyce Hackett
Writing in the shadow of the Holocaust
Poor George; Desperate Characters; The Widows Children
Nobel and His Prizes James Campbell
The troubled history of literatures "gold standard."
Highsmith: The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith
Love Among the Ruins; Tom Bissell
On the creation of a Colombian national identity through crime
Gurnah: By the Sea Patrick Erouart-Siad
A Few Corrections; Barry
Unsworth: The Partnership James Sallis
Brink: The Rights of Desire Roger Boylan
of Moravia Bill Marx
Alberto Moravias kinky, subversive realism is back in print
Gentleman James Crumley
A friend and student remembers Richard Yates
Goodman: Paradise Park Joyce Hackett
Louis: Talking in the Dark Randall Curb
Beloved Stranger Jennifer Howard
The Song of the Earth Roger Boylan
A Comedy of
Animals Alane Salierno Mason
Ernest Hemingway, Jane Kendall Mason, and "Francis Macomber."
The Lecturers Tale Eliza Nichols
Kingdom of Shadows Lev Raphael
Gobs Grief Drake P. Bennett
No Happy Endings
John F. Baker and Paco Taibo discuss mysteries, Mexico, and
Manhattan Paco Ignacio Taibo II
What stands between John Crowley and a serious literary reputation?
Loving Graham Greene and G.
K. Wuoris An American Outrage Jennifer Howard
The Forger John Marks
The Big Hunger Rob Spillman
Wound and the Dream Patrick Erouart-Siad
In Haiti, a militant, prophetic literature thrives alongside
The Incumbent and Toby
Olsens Write Letter to Billy Roger Boylan
Powers: Plowing the Dark Tom Bissell
Rosenfeld: What She Saw . . . Jill Eisenstadt
Louisa Leora Bersohn
What Are You Like? Robert Karron
Glory Goes and Gets Some Don Hymans
The novels of Israeli writer A. B. Yehoshua create their own
Hunts in Dreams and Stephen
Dobyns Eating Naked Roger Boylan
H. Lee Barnes
Gunning for Ho and John
Morts Soldier in Paradise Jerome Gold
Vertigo (translated by Michael Hulse) Joyce Hackett
Pastoralia Stewart ONan
In My Other Life: Stories Jennifer Howard
That Sweetest Wine Bill Marx
Aloes Tom Bissell
Why literary success is a product of chance, not destiny.
Light at Dusk and
Robert C.S. Downs The Fifth Season Randall
Carol Oates: Blonde Jill Eisenstadt
Fay Roger Boylan
Prose: Blue Angel Lucinda Rosenfeld
Romance of Murder David Lehman
The enduring highbrow fascination with detective stories.
Defeat Neal Gabler How the publishing
industry is failing readers--and how it could do better.
Darks In the Gloaming and Tracy
Chevaliers Girl with a Pearl Earring Felicia
Where I Live Now and Liza
Weilands You Can Sleep While I Drive Susan
American By Blood Stewart ONan
Sick Puppy James Hynes
Peter Ho Davies:
Equal Love Randall Curb
1999/ January 2000
Faith, American Violence Michael Greenberg
Robert Stones fiction explores the delusions that shape our
Plainsong, The Tie That Binds, Where You Once Belonged Laura
Ice Fire Water and Judy
Budnitzs If I Told You Once Bob Chase
How Aliens Think Susan Daitch
The Walking Tour Edwin Frank
Mosley: Walkin the Dog Peter McCarthy
The Lost World
of Richard Yates Stewart ONan
How the great writer of the Age of Anxiety disappeared from
Human and the Monstrous Melvin Jules Bukiet and
An author and his reviewer debate the literary representation
the Beat James Campbell
Remembering "Neurotica," the short-lived journal of the Beats.
Los Secret Diary and Sena
Jeter Naslunds Ahabs Wife Michael Greenberg
The Summer of 39 and Laura
Hendries Remember Me Donna Seaman
Zwillings Dream James Hynes
G. Dillen: Fool Paul Gediman
The Catastrophist Jennifer Howard