The Waiting Game; or, The Missing Years
Oft-told tales celebrate figures in American literature whose readership hovered between slim and none for years and years and in some cases arrived posthumously, though sometimes these stories aren’t factually very accurate. Melville, for example, actually had some early success with lesser work, then watched it dwindle away and saw his masterpiece, Moby-Dick, underwhelm the public almost...
As Adam Ross’s friend (first) and editor (lately), I’ve been interested to see how reviewers are approaching his elaborate first novel, Mr. Peanut. Helen Keller herself could tell within just a few pages that this is something other than straightforward narrative realism, that you have to develop a sense for what’s actually happening and what certainly isn’t and then what...