Wood (James):

My Brilliant Friend (2012) by Elena Ferrante

Critical Assessment “Ferrante has said that she likes to write narratives ‘where the writing is clear, honest, and where the facts—the facts of ordinary life—are extraordinarily gripping when read.’ Her prose has indeed a bare lucidity, and is often aphoristic and co
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Gilead (2004) by Marilynne Robinson

Critical Assessment “Nowadays, when so many writers are acclaimed as great stylists, it’s hard to make anyone notice when you praise a writer’s prose. There is, however, something remarkable about the writing in ‘Gilead.’ It’s not just a matter of w
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