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Rooted In History, 'The Nickel Boys' Is A Great American Novel

It's pretty rare for a writer to produce a novel that wins the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and, then, a scant three years later, bring out another novel that's even more extraordinary. But, that's what Colson Whitehead has done in following up his 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad, with The Nickel Boys. It's a masterpiece squared, rooted in history and American mythology and, yet, painfully topical in its visions of justice and mercy erratically denied.

08:20

'Ask Again, Yes' Is A Profound Yet Unpretentious Family Drama

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new book by Mary Beth Keane, an under-the-radar novelist who's been awarded a Guggenheim, and a few years ago was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" novelists to look out for.

06:28

Jurors Generate Drama Of Their Own In Smart, Disturbing 'Body In Question'

Jill Ciment is one of those just-under-the-radar writers. Probably her biggest moment of popular recognition came a few years ago, when her novel, Heroic Measures, was made into a film called 5 Flights Up; it starred Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman as a married couple living in New York City who struggle to get their elderly dog to the vet in the midst of a terror alert. They wind up carrying the dog on a cutting board through the panicked city.

07:15

Love, Disappointment Course Through 4 Classic Asian American Novels

In her foreword to America Is in the Heart — Carlos Bulosan's classic 1946 novel about Filipinx and Mexican migrant workers on the West Coast — the Filipina American novelist Elaine Castillo asks readers, "Do you remember how old you were when you first read a book that had a character who looked and lived like you in it?"

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