Nemesis by Philip Roth (ARC)

My father was born in 1945 and spent his childhood in Newark, (pronounced ‘nork,’ regardless of what you’ve been told) New Jersey.  His family lived in the Ironbound – a.k.a. “Down Neck”.  Wikipedia describes it as a large, working class neighborhood; but my understanding is that there wasn’t a lot of work and even less money when he was growing up.  Black & white photos … Continue reading Nemesis by Philip Roth (ARC)

THE REPORT by Jessica Francis Kane (ARC)

“Is a mistake always an accident?  An accident always a mistake?” I wouldn’t necessarily say that Jessica Francis Kane’s The Report is getting a lot of buzz, but there is a low hum building around it.  And that hum should only get stronger in the upcoming months. It’s one of seven novels shortlisted for the 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize; it’s also scheduled to be a … Continue reading THE REPORT by Jessica Francis Kane (ARC)