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Until he came back into her life.
U.S. intelligence agent Claire Day and former Marine Sergeant Dan Watson must solve a deadly conspiracy-or forfeit any chance of having a future together.
While a few big names disappointed, many of the year’s best books were debuts or sophomore efforts. A changing of the guard is under way.
JESSICA CHASTAIN IN MISS SLOANE.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
SARAH BEGLEY THE MURDER OF AISLINN MURRAY LOOKS LIKE A BIG OPPORTUNITY for Detective Antoinette Conway. She usually covers domestic disputes turned fatal, with clear perpetrators. This one is different. The victim in Tana French’s new novel, The Tre
FAIRY TALES USUALLY INVOLVE A happily-ever-after, and Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi’s love story is no exception. Riggs, 37, and Mafi, 28, were already best-selling writers when they met: he is the author of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Ch
J.A. Bayona’s tear-jerking fantasy film doesn’t come close to earning its inevitably devastating emotional climax.
It’s the kind of tale that would be unbelievable if it weren’t true: a young boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata and lands in an orphanage, where he is adopted by an Australian family. Nearly two decades later, he tracks down his birth family in
S.B. Like many of his novels, Spanish author Javier Marías’ new book, Thus Bad Begins, isn’t exactly a mystery, though it is mysterious. Here, the 65-year-old perennial Nobel favorite tells the story of Juan de Vere, a young man working for a film d
How his true-life story of a hero-pacifist became his goriest movie yet.
IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THE KIND OF GRAVITY THAT WORDS had with a ferociously intelligent man like Mr. Albee, who died Sept. 16 at age 88. He chose them and ordered them meticulously—not only in his great works of drama like The Zoo Story, A Delicate Ba
Norman Lear and Gloria Calderon Kellet bring back a ’70s sitcom staple, recast for the 21st century.
ELIZA BERMAN The actor, 29, stars in War Dogs, a comedic drama about two real-life stoners from Miami, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who exploited a loophole in government contracting practices to become arms dealers in 2007. When you read the
Some half a million theatergoers have already seen the hottest musical of the decade, shelling out hundreds of dollars for tickets to see Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton sing and rap about our scrappiest Founding Father at the Richard Rod
E.B. Fresh off his turn as Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond, Pine, 35, stars in Hell or High Water, a neo-western heist drama in which two brothers steal from a chain of Texas banks to save their family ranch. What resonated with you about your cha
SAM LANSKY The British-born actor, 34, gives an award-worthy performance in Christine (Oct. 14), director Antonio Campos’ harrowing reimagining of the final days of Florida TV news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself during a live broadcast
IN THE VENN DIAGRAM REPRESENTING people who adore horror movies and those who take them so deeply to heart that they can barely watch them, the intersection is a jagged oval shaped something like the mouth of the guy in Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Som
Michael Chabon has written about superheroes and alternate histories. His new memoiristic novel required just as much imagination.
A SCRAPPY (AND SEXY) NEW FOUNDING FATHER STEPS INTO THE BROADWAY SMASH—WITH AN INSPIRING SURVIVAL STORY
The painstaking process of bringing a children’s classic to life.
The D.C.-born, New York City–dwelling Alam took “Write what you know” and tipped it sideways for his fun but trenchant summer novel, Rich and Pretty, starring two young women, lots of beautiful furniture and our notions of class
SARAH BEGLEY IN THE WORLD OF MIDDLE-SCHOOL literature, the how-I-spent-my-summer novel is a genre, and the how-I-spent-my-summer-with-my-grandparents novel its subgenre—Richard Peck’s A Long Way From Chicago and Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons are cl
THE MODERN FAMILY STAR, 40, VOICES SHANGRI LLAMA IN ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
MICHAL LEV-RAM WHAT DO The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, and The Purge: Election Year have in common? Yes, all three are aptly named, gore-packed horror flicks. More surprisingly, all three made a killing at the summer box office. In an otherwise hum
THE ACTRESS STARS IN CBS’S DOUBT AND AS DR. FRANK-N-FURTER IN FOX’S REMAKE OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
LUKE CAGE streams on Netflix September 30.
TARA JOHN At the age of 19, Polly Stenham was catapulted to fame when her play That Face—the first thing she ever wrote, she says, other than “terrible poetry”—was discovered in a writing workshop and produced by London’s Royal Court Theatre to wide
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