Hemingway’s Boat

by Paul Hendrickson |

REVIEWED BY CAROLINE LEAVITT

BIOGRAPHY

Focusing on his later years, when his talent faded and his life revolved around his beloved fishing skiff, this bio portrays Hemingway as a rageful alcoholic who also took in a young writer, wrote sweet letters to a sick boy and never forsook his tortured, transsexual son. Stripping away the myths, Hendrickson uncovers a sympathetic figure-a genius who possessed “amid so much ruin, still the beauty.”

There but for the

by Ali Smith |

REVIEWED BY ANNE LESLIE

NOVEL

Once a year Genevieve Lee invites people who are “a bit different” to dinner. This time things go awry: A man locks himself in her guest room. His stunt becomes the negative space around which Smith weaves fascinating narratives about interconnected souls longing for deeper contact. “Google is so strange,” muses one. “It promises everything, but … [it’s] a whole new way of feeling lonely.” There isn’t a light read, but it’s a deeply rewarding one.

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