Reviews and Criticism


“Three Novels Take Readers Deep Inside the Writer’s Life”: Rev. of Friend of My Youth, Lord, and One Another: New York Times Book Review: 24 March 2019: 26.


“A Dystopian Thriller from Joyce Carol Oates”: Rev. of Hazards of Time Travel. New York Times Book Review: 23 December 2018: 16. 

“Fact-Check of a ‘Lifespan'”: Rev. of “Lifespan of a Fact”. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2018

“Natasha Ginzburg’s Family.” Tin House, Fall 2018. 

“Making a Mess”: Rev. of The Trauma Cleaner, The Life of Stuff. The Times Literary Supplement: 8 August 2018.

Rev. of Half Gods: The New Yorker: June 25 2018.

“Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot”: Rev. of Good Trouble. New York Times Book Review: 24 June 2018: 18. 

“Gerald Murnane’s relentlessly introspective vision'”: Rev. of Border Districts. Washington Post Book World: 28 March 2018.

“The Left-Handed Kid.” Rev. of The Chinese Typewriter. The London Review of Books: 8 March 2018: 21.

“Denis Johnson’s Broken Heroes”: Rev. of The Largesse of the Sea Maiden. The Times Literary Supplement: 6 March 2018.

“Savages”: Rev. of Educated: The Times Literary Supplement: 10 April 2018.

“The Sigh of the Tiger”: Rev. of Little Soldiers: The Times Literary Supplement: 28 Feb. 2018.

“Sophisticated Boom-Boom”: Rev. of The Vanity Fair Diaries. The Times Literary Supplement: 20 Feb. 2018.

“In the Brutality of the Chinese Countryside, ‘Mythorealism’ Reigns.” Rev. of The Years, Months, Days. New York Times Book Review: 26 Jan. 2018: 21.


Trans. “Raise the red pen”: Harper’s Magazine: Dec. 2017: 12

“Pinch of parts”: Rev. of Logical Family:  The Times Literary Supplement: 28 Nov. 2017.

Rev. of Smile:  The New Yorker: 27 Nov. 2017.

Rev. of The World to Come:  The Times Literary Supplement: 24 Nov. 2017.

“Why pick fights?”: Rev. of Making It and The Draw:  The Times Literary Supplement: 26 Sept. 2017.

Rev. of The Stranger in the Woods:  The New Yorker: 11 Sept. 2017.

“The Tale of a Mother, a Song, and a Phone”: rev. of To Siri with Love: Washington Post Book World: 21 Aug. 2017.

“Letter of Recommendation: Memewear”: The New York Times Magazine: 17 Aug. 2017. (appears in print 20 Aug. 2017, on page MM22 )

Rev. of Flesh and Blood and Bone:  The New Yorker: 31 July 2017.

“Flags in Still Air”: Rev. of Notes from No Man’s Land:  The Times Literary Supplement: 4 July. 2017.

“Plucky digressions”: Rev. of The Purple Swamp Hen & Other Stories: BOMB: 26 June 2017

“Return of the Pirate Slut”: Rev. of Love & Trouble: Los Angeles Review of Books: 19 June 2017

“Weike Wang’s ‘Chemistry’ charts a young woman’s toxic reaction to stress”: Rev. of ChemistryWashington Post Book World: 9 June 2017

Rev. of Somebody with a Little Hammer:  The New Yorker: 24 April 2017.

“Nerd pyrotechnics”: Rev. of Word by Word:  The Times Literary Supplement: 19 Apr. 2017.

Rev. of Idaho:  The New Yorker: 3 April 2017.

“Starved until their eyes turned black”: Rev. of No Wall Too High: The Times Literary Supplement: 24 March 2017

“Ariel Levy’s sobering conclusion for women: ‘We can’t have it all'”: Rev. of The Rules Do Not Apply. Washington Post Book World: 14 March 2017

“Rachel Cusk is returning fiction to its roots in storytelling”: Rev. of Transit. Washington Post Book World: 16 Jan. 2017

Rev. of The Gardens of Consolation:  The New Yorker: 9 Jan 9 2017.


“An artistic Who’s Who of who slept with whom”: Rev. of The Art of the Affair. Washington Post Book World: 15 Dec. 2016

Rev. of A Floating Chinaman:  The Times Literary Supplement: 1 Dec. 2016.

“Beryl Bainbridge: The writer who used tragedy as an entry point into farce”: Rev. of Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means. Washington Post Book World: 9 Nov. 2016.

Rev. of Valiant Gentlemen. VICE: 1 Nov. 2016.

Rev. of The Virginity of Famous Men. VICE: 4 Sept. 2016.

Rev. of The Golden Age:  The New Yorker: 21 Nov. 2016.

Rev. of The Nix: The New Yorker: 24 Oct. 2016.

Rev. of The Heavenly Table. The New Yorker: 19 Sept. 2016.

Rev. of The Bones of Grace. The New Yorker: 5 Sept. 2016.

The whimsical fable of Greece’s financial insolvency that you’ve been waiting for”: Rev. of Hot Milk. Washington Post Book World: 13 July 2016.

“A Fond Look Back at the International Jet Set in Old Shanghai”: Rev. of Shanghai Grand. New York Times Book Review: 24 July 2016: 16.

Rev. of Mothering Sunday. The New Yorker: 27 June 2016: 71.

Rev. of Peacekeeping. VICE: May 2016: 103.

Rev. of Behave. New York Times Book Review: 21 April 2016: 11.

Rev. of The Lost Time Accidents. The New Yorker: 28 March 2016: 79.

Rev. of The Past. The New Yorker: 7 March 2016: 69.

“The Solution is a Gay Socialist Utopia Built for Two.” Rev. of Beijing Comrades. The Millions: 30 March 2016: Web.

“Gushing and Gleeking”: Rev. of Year of the Goose. L.A. Review of Books: 16 Feb. 2016: Web.

Rev. of Under the Udala Trees. The New Yorker: 4 Jan. 2016: 73


Rev. of Everland. The New Yorker: 12 Oct. 2015: 105

Trans. “Mao’s little Facebook”: Harper’s Magazine: Sept. 2015: 12

“A Patron Saint for Sadsacks: What Snark Says About Failure — and What Literature Says Back.” L.A. Review of Books: June 2015: Web.

“High Style and Desperate Love: On the Life and Work of Eileen Chang.”The Millions: May 2015: Web.

“Drag Princess.” Rev. of Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy. New York Times BookReview: 3 May 2015: 18.

Rev. of Preparation for the Next Life. Cleaver Magazine: March 2015: Web.

Rev. of The Unspeakable: and Other Subjects of Discussion. Cleaver Magazine: Feb. 2015: Web.


Rev. of The Use of Man. Cleaver Magazine: Dec. 2014: Web.

Rev. of OrphansCleaver Magazine: Nov. 2014: Web.

Rev. of The Woman Who Borrowed MemoriesCleaver Magazine: Oct. 2014: Web.

Rev. of My Life as a Foreign CountryCleaver Magazine:  Oct. 2014: Web.

Rev. of The Search for Heinrich SchögelCleaver Magazine: Sept. 2014: Web.