Every outfit tells a story. These stories tell of outfits.
Hamid, Mohsin. How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Mar. 2013. 240p. ISBN 9781594487293. $26.95. LITERARY FICTION The title could come from one of those get-rich-quick books that the young and ambitious eat up, and in fact Hamid imaginatively uses that genre’s format to shape his narrative. But this is [...]
Fowler, Therese Anne. Z—: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2013. NAp. ISBN 9781250028655. $24.99. HISTORICAL FICTION Fowler won an LJ star for her 2008 debut, Souvenir, settling comfortably into fraught contemporary relationship territory and finding herself compared to Jodi Picoult. Here she does something entirely different, reimagining the tumultuous life of the [...]
Historical fiction has many pleasures—lushly conceived settings, perfectly realized detail, and the chance to delve beneath the sometimes dry facts of history and mine its story-rich possibilities. Often, the genre’s pages are full of imagined characters in historical settings, but sometimes they are filled with true-life characters; individuals who created or witnessed history long ago. [...]