Andrew Ervin

Book Reviews

Philadelphia
2010-present

Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell. New York Times Book Review. July 26, 2014.

All At Once by C.K. Williams. Philadelphia Inquirer. June 29. 2014.

The Exiles Return by Elisabeth van de Waal. New York Times Book Review. Jan. 12, 2014.

Shantytown by César Aira. Translated by Chris Andrews. Miami Herald. Dec. 15, 2013.

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. Miami Herald. Dec. 1, 2013.

At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón. Miami Herald. Nov. 17, 2013.

Actors Anonymous by James Franco. Miami Herald. Nov. 3, 2013.

The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee. Miami Herald. Sept. 15, 2013.

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon. Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 8, 2013.

Irritant by Darby Larson. The Rumpus. Aug. 15, 2013.

The Letters of William Gaddis. Steven Moore, ed. Philadelphia Inquirer. July 28, 2013.

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter. San Francisco Chronicle. July 14, 2013.

Dossier K by Imre Kertész. Miami Herald. May 26, 2013.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Miami Herald. April 26, 2013.

The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories by Kit Reed. Miami Herald. April 21, 2013.

Tenth of December by George Saunders. San Francisco Chronicle. Jan. 15, 2013.

Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles. Philadelphia Inquirer. Dec. 31, 2012.

Dying Words by K. Patrick Connor. San Francisco Chronicle. Nov. 13, 2012.

A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama. Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 10, 2012.

This Bright River by Patrick Somerville. New York Times Book Review. July 24, 2012.

The Lower River by Paul Theroux. San Francisco Chronicle. June 4, 2012.

Father’s Day by Buzz Bissinger. Philadelphia Inquirer. May 28, 2012.

Zoe Strauss: Ten Years. Philadelphia Inquirer. April 15, 2012.

The Third Reich by Roberto Bolaño. San Francisco Chronicle. Dec. 26. 2011.

Parallel Stories by Péter Nádas, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 28, 2011.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. San Francisco Chronicle. Nov. 4, 2011.

Train Drams by Denis Johnson. Miami Herald. Sept. 12, 2011.

We Others by Steven Millhauser. Philadelphia Inquirer. July 31, 2011.

The Astral by Kate Christensen. Miami Herald. 7/10/2011.

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Philadelphia Inquirer. May 29, 2011.

Long, Last, Happy by Barry Hannah. Philadelphia Inquirer. March 27, 2011.

Nox by Ann Carson, The Believer. September 2010.

New Stories from the South by Amy Hempel, ed. Miami Herald. Aug. 22, 2010.

 

Baton Rouge
2009-2010

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds. Miami Herald. July 22, 2010.

The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe. Philadelphia Inquirer. June 13, 2010.

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. New York Times Book Review. May 30, 2010.

Hulk Elvis by Jeff Koons. Los Angeles Times. Feb. 19, 2010.

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte. The Believer, February 2010.

Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League by Kathy Orton; James Naismith: The Man who Invented Basketball by Rob Rains; The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. Washington Post.  Jan. 20, 2010.

The Humbling by Philip Roth. Philadelphia Inquirer. Dec. 6, 2010.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeymi. New York Times Book Review. Sept. 18, 2009.

Shake the Devil Off by Ethan Brown. Washington Post. Sept. 18, 2009.

Imperial by William T. Vollmann. Philadelphia Inquirer. Aug. 2, 2009.

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Miami Herald, July 21, 2009.

In Hanuman’s Hands by Cheeni Rao. Washington Post, July 5, 2009.

The Show that Smells by Derek McCormack. Miami Herald, July 5, 2009.

Larry’s Kidney by Daniel Asa Rose. Washington Post, May 31, 2009.

The Dangerous World of Butterflies by Peter Laufer. Washington Post. May 24, 2009.

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson. Miami Herald, May 24, 2009.

New Collected Poems by George Oppen. Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 2009.

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower. Miami Herald, April 5, 2009.

Low Boy by John Wray. Miami Herald, March 15, 2009.

Canvey Island by James Runcie. New York Times Book Review, Jan. 4, 2009.

The Alphabet by Ron Silliman. Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 30, 2008.

Awesome by Jack Pendarvis. The Believer, Sept. 2008.


Downstate Illinois
2002-2008

The Pathskeer by Imre Kertész. Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2008.

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen. The Believer, June. 2008.

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk. San Francisco Chronicle, May 21, 2008.

The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon. Miami Herald, May 18, 2008.

Escape from Saddam by Lewis Alsamari; A Long Retreat by Andrew Krivak; Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor; Light Years by Susanna Moore; Kinky Gazpacho by Lori L. Tharps. Washington Post Book World, April 27. 2008.

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff. Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2008.

Knowledge of Hell by António Lobo Antunes. Miami Herald, March 16, 2008.

Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño. Miami Herald, Feb. 24, 2008.

The Assist by Neil Swidey. Washington Post Book World, Feb, 17, 2008.  [Reprinted in Seattle Times, Feb. 23, 2008.]

God Save the Fan by Will Leitsch. San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 5, 2008.

Detective Story by Imre Kertész. The Believer, Feb. 2008.

The Water Cure by Percival Everett. Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 18, 2007.  [Reprinted in Lexington (KY.) Herald-Leader, Nov. 28, 2007; Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 7, 2007; San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 12, 2007.]

Song for Night by Chris Abani.  Miami Herald, Nov. 11, 2007.

Zeroville by Steve Erickson.  The Believer, Nov. 2007.

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson.  Miami Herald, Sept. 11, 2007.

God is Dead by Ron Currie Jr.  The Believer, Sept. 2007.

The Age of Huts (compleat) by Ron Silliman. Philadelphia Inquirer, June 24, 2007. Reprinted in Taiwan Times, July 7, 2007.

Tales from Q School by John Feinstein; The Real All Americans by Sally Jenkins; Maradona by Diego Maradona; 1941 by Mike Vaccaro. Washington Post Book World, June 17, 2007.

The Session by Aaron Petrovich. Miami Herald, Apr. 8, 2007.

Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni; Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang; Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg; Exile by Richard North Patterson; Heavier than Air by Nona Caspers. New York Times Book Review, Feb. 18, 2007.

Free Burning by Bayo Ojikutu. Miami Herald, Dec. 17, 2006.

The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson. The Believer, Nov. 2006.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. American Book Review, Oct.-Nov., 2006.

The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian. San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 28. 2006.

The Woman in the Row Behind by Françoise Dorner; The Prisoner of Guantánamo by Dan Fesperman; The City is a Rising Tide by Rebecca Lee; It’s Getting Later All the Time by Antonio Tabucchi; Blue Light in the Sky by Can Xue. New York Times Book Review, Sept. 24, 2006.

Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler. Miami Herald, Aug. 15, 2006.

Seminary Boy by John Cornwell; I, Nadia, Wife of a Terrorist by Baya Gacemi; Into My Own by Roger Kahn; Tweaked: A Crystal Memoir by Patrick Moore; The Boy who Invented Skiing by Swain Wolfe. Washington Post Book World, Aug. 13, 2006.

Turing’s Dilemma by Edmundo Paz Soldán. San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2006.

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira. Philadelphia City Paper, June 22, 2006.

Bornholm Night-Ferry by Aidan Higgins. Philadelphia City Paper, June 22, 2006.

Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolaño. Miami Herald, June 11, 2006.

The Scent of God by Beryl Singleton Bissell; Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley; America’s Boy by Wade Rouse; I Am My Father’s Daughter by María Elena Salinas with Liz Balmaseda; Listen by Wendy Salinger. Washington Post Book World, June 4, 2006.

This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes. Philadelphia Inquirer, May 7, 2006.

From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism by Patricia Hill Collins. Philadelphia City Paper, April 6, 2006.

Campus Sexpot by David Carkeet; Made in Detroit by Paul Clemens; American Hostage by Marie-Hélène Carleton and Micah Garen; My Detachment by Tracy Kidder; Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres. Washington Post Book World, Nov. 27, 2005.

98 Reasons for Being by Clare Dudman and Triple Identity by Haggai Carmon. Washington Post Book World, Oct. 30, 2005.

Where 3 Roads Meet by John Barth. Details, Nov. 2005.

The Apple’s Bruise by Lisa Glatt. Washington Post Book World, Sept. 25, 2005.

Terror-Dot-Gov by Harold Jaffe. The Believer, Oct. 2005.

Night by Vedrana Rudan. American Book Review, Sept./Oct. 2005.

Voodoo Lounge by Christian Bauman and Tooth and Claw by T.C. Boyle. Details, Sept. 2005.

Drafts 1-38, Toll and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis by Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 23, 2005.

We’re All in This Together by Owen King and Hardboiled & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto. Washington Post Book World, Aug. 21, 2005.

My Life in CIA by Harry Mathews. Miami Herald, Aug. 14, 2005.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. Philadelphia Inquirer, July 27, 2005.

Love and Other Stories by Tibor Déry. Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 24, 2005.

North by Frederick Busch. Miami Herald, June 26, 2005.

Bitter Milk by John McManus. Philadelphia City Paper, June 23-30, 2005.

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco. Miami Herald, June 25, 2005.

Native and Exotics by Jane Alison; He Drown She in the Sea by Shani Mootoo; The Missing Person by Alix Ohlin; Light of Day by Jamie M. Saul; Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood. Washington Post Book World, June 12, 2005.

Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck; The Guinness Book of Me by Steven Church; Life after Life by Evans D. Hopkins; War Movies by Wayne Karlin; Finding Mañana by Mirta Ojito. Washington Post Book World, May 15, 2005.

Raymond and Hannah by Stephen Marche. San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2005.

The Horrific Suffering of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot by Carl-Johan Vallgren. Scotland on Sunday, April 17, 2005.

Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño; Lenz by Georg Büchner; H.P Lovecraft Against the World; Against Life by Michel Houellebecq; Lunar Follies by Gilbert Sorrentino. New York Journal News, April 3, 2005.

The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Pablo Tusset. Scotland on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.

Don’t Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos; Josie and Jack by Kelly Braffet; Give Me (Songs for Lovers) by Irina Denezhkina; Home Land by Sam Lipsyte; My Life as Emperor by Su Tong. Washington Post Book World, Feb. 27, 2005.

The Garden in Which I Walk by Karen Brennan; Hymns to Millionaires by Soren A. Gauger; Television by Jean-Phillippe Toussaint; Minor Angels by Antoine Volodine. New York Journal News, Feb. 20, 2005.

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs by Christopher de Bellaigue; After the Wall by Jana Hensel; The Shooting by Kemp Powers; My Father’s Rifle by Hiner Saleem; Gods of Tin by James Salter. Washington Post Book World, Feb. 13, 2005.

Bacacay by Witold Gombrowicz. The Believer, Feb. 2005.

Liquidation by Imre Kértesz and Casanova in Bolzano by Sándor Márai. Miami Herald, Jan. 9, 2005.

The Stone that the Builder Refused by Madison Smartt Bell. San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 26, 2004.

Sorry I Worried You by Gary Fincke; Somewhere Geese are Flying by Gary Gilder; Little Criminals by Kurt Rheinheimer; Why Dogs Chase Cars by George Singleton; The Send-Away Girl by Barbara Sutton. New York Times Book Review, Dec. 12, 2004.

Budapest by Chico Buarque. Philadelphia City Paper, Nov. 18, 2004.

The Mysteries by Robert McGill. Scotland on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004.

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. Miami Herald, Oct. 24, 2004.

Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum. USA Today, Oct. 21, 2004.

Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs; Letters to Jane by Hayden Carruth; Fierce by Barbara Robinette Moss; The Book of Jon by Eleni Sikelianos; ’68 by Ignacio Taibo II. Washington Post Book World, Oct. 17, 2004.

Politically Inspired: Fiction for Our Time, edited by Stephen Elliott. American Book Review, Sept./Oct., 2004.

An Unfinished Season by Ward Just. Miami Herald, July 25, 2004.

The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer. Scotland on Sunday, July 4, 2004.

Sweet Land Stories by E.L. Doctorow. Philadelphia City Paper, June 24, 2004.

Oblivion by David Foster Wallace. San Francisco Chronicle, June 13, 2004.

Shooting the Heart by Paul Cody; Vanishing Point by David Markson; The White City by Alec Michod; The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom; Project X by Jim Shepard. New York Journal News, May 23, 2004.

The Moon in its Flight by Gilbert Sorrentino. San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 2004.

By Night In Chile by Roberto Bolaño. American Book Review, May/June 2004.

Slave Moth: A Narrative in Verse by Thylias Moss. San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 21, 2004.

Altazor by Vicente Huidobro; Mountain R by Jacques Jouet; In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami; and Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu. New York Journal News, Mar. 14, 2004.

The Book of Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories by John Barth. Philadelphia City Paper, Mar. 11, 2004.

Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates. New York Times Book Review, Jan. 25, 2004.

The Grasshopper King by Jordan Ellenberg. American Book Review, Jan./Feb. 2004.

Thank You for Not Reading: Essays on Literary Trivia by Dubravka Ugresic. Philadelphia City Paper, Dec. 25, 2004.

Garden, Ashes by Danilo Kiš; The Man of Feeling by Javier Marías; Tales of Galicia by Andrej Stasiuk; The History of Japanese Photography by Anne Tucker, ed. New York Journal News, Dec. 21, 2003.

Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollmann. San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 30, 2003.

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem and Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead. Philadelphia City Paper, Oct. 23, 2003.

One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer; Lunch at the Picadilly by Clyde Edgerton; Mailman by J. Robert Lennon; Heavenly Days by James Wilcox. Washington Post Book World, Sept. 7, 2003.

Evidence of Unseen Things by Marianne Wiggins. Chicago Tribune, June 29, 2003.

A Tragic Honesty: The Life of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey. Philadelphia City Paper, June 26, 2003.

The Middle Stories by Sheila Heti. Philadelphia City Paper, Mar. 27, 2003.

The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch by Anne Enright. San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 16, 2003.

Grass Roof, Tin Roof by Dao Strom. New York Times Book Review, Jan. 26, 2003.

Parallels and Paradoxes:  Explorations in Music and Society by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said. Philadelphia City Paper, Jan. 23, 2003.

Amerika (The Man Who Disappeared) by Franz Kafka. San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 8, 2002.

Ride by David Walton. New York Times Book Review, Nov. 10, 2002.

That’s True of Everybody by Mark Winegardner. Miami Herald, Nov. 10, 2002.

Agapē Agape and The Rush for Second Place by William Gaddis. San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 20, 2002.

Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon. Philadelphia City Paper, Oct. 17, 2002.

Inflating a Dog by Eric Kraft. San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 18, 2002.

Philadelphia
2000-2002

Selected Poems 1950-2000 by Nathaniel Tarn. San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2002.

The Egg Code by Mike Heppner. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 30, 2002.

Meet John Trow by Thomas Dyja. Miami Herald, June 30, 2002.

Cross Roads by Karel Čapek and Karel Čapek: Life and Work by Ivan Klíma. Philadelphia City Paper, June 27, 2002.

Zarathustra’s Secret: The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche by Joachim Köhler. Philadelphia City Paper, June 10, 2002.

God’s Fool by Mark Slouka. San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2002.

The Melancholy of Anatomy by Shelley Jackson. Philadelphia City Paper, May 16, 2002.

Little Casino by Gilbert Sorrentino. Philadelphia City Paper, May 16, 2002.

Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! by Kenzaburo Oe. Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2002.

The Return of the Caravels by Antonio Lobo Antunes. Philadelphia City Paper, May 2, 2002.

Barnett Newman by Ann Temkin, ed. Philadelphia City Paper, May 2, 2002.

Gigantic by Marc Nesbit. Miami Herald, Apr. 7, 2002.

The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked by David Benjamin; All My Mothers and Fathers by Michael Blumenthal; No Heroes by Chris Offutt, Memoir of a Visionary by Antonia Pantoja; The Bullet Meant for Me by Jan Reid. Washington Post Book World, Mar. 17, 2002.

New Collected Poems by George Oppen. San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 10, 2002.

A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford. Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 20, 2002.

My Happy Life by Lydia Millet. Philadelphia City Paper, Jan. 24, 2002.

Leaving Disneyland by Alexander Parsons. San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 13, 2002.

The Ambidextrist by Peter Rock. Hartford Courant, Jan. 13, 2002.

Lichens of North America by Irwin M. Brodo et al. Philadelphia City Paper, Dec. 27, 2002.

Requiem by Curtis White. San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 9, 2001.

All the Stories by Muriel Spark. Washington City Paper, Dec. 7, 2001.

The Noctambulists & Other Fictions by Peter Spielberg. Hartford Courant, Dec. 2, 2001.

Coming Soon!!! by John Barth. Hartford Courant, Nov. 4, 2001.

Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende. New York Times Book Review, Nov. 4, 2001.

In the Shape of a Boar by Lawrence Norfolk. Hartford Courant, Oct. 14, 2001.

Argall by William T. Vollmann. Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 7, 2001.

Life Turns Man Up and Down: African Market Literature by Kurt Thometz, ed. Philadelphia City Paper, Sept. 27, 2001.

The Marble Quilt by David Leavitt. Boston Globe, Sept. 23, 2001.

On the Night Plain by J. Robert Lennon. Philadelphia City Paper, Sept. 20, 2001.

Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale by Chuck Kinder. Philadelphia City Paper, Aug. 30, 2001.

Celebrities in Disgrace by Elizabeth Searle. New York Times Book Review, Aug. 12, 2001.

A Sky So Close by Betool Khedairi. Philadelphia City Paper, July 19, 2001.

A Fifth of November by Paul West. Philadelphia Inquirer, July 17, 2001.

Housebroken by Yael Hedaya. San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2001.

Water in Darkness by Daniel Buckman. Philadelphia City Paper, June 21, 2001.

A Memoir of Misfortune by Su Xiaokang. Philadelphia City Paper, June 14, 2001.

A Century of Philadelphia Sports by Rich Westcott. Philadelphia City Paper, June 7, 2001.

Mr Mee by Andrew Crumey. Washington Post Book World, May 6, 2001.

Silent Extras by Arnon Grunberg. Philadelphia City Paper, Apr. 26, 2001.

The Beyond by Jeffrey Ford. Philadelphia Inquirer, Mar. 25, 2001.

Eclipse by John Banville. Philadelphia City Paper, Mar. 22, 2001.

Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage by Albert Glinsky. Philadelphia City Paper, March 8, 2001.

Love, etc. by Julian Barnes. Philadelphia City Paper, Mar. 1, 2001.

Woodcuts of Women by Dagoberto Gilb. Philadelphia City Paper, Feb. 22, 2001.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. Philadelphia City Paper, Feb. 8, 2001.

Love by Peter Nádas. Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 28, 2001.

The Melancholy of Resistance by László Kraznahorkai. Philadelphia City Paper, Feb. 22, 2001.

Unlock by Bei Dao. Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 21, 2001.

The Royal Family by William T. Vollmann. Philadelphia City Paper, Dec. 7, 2000.

What Night Forgets by Don Yorty. Philadelphia City Paper, Dec. 7, 2000.

The Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer by Andreï Makine. Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 19, 2000.

Write Letter to Billy by Toby Olson. Philadelphia City Paper, Nov. 16, 2000.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. Philadelphia City Paper, Oct. 12, 2000.

Diminutive Revolutions by Daniel Bouchard. Philadelphia City Paper, Oct. 12, 2000.

 Budapest
1996-1998

Once There Was a Central Europe: Selected Short Stories and Other Writings by Miklós Mészöly. Budapest Style, May 1998.

A Hungarian Quartet: Four Contemporary Short Novels. [“The Transporters” by Péter Esterházy; “Forgiveness” by Ivan Mandy; “Left Behind” by Miklós Mészöly; “Logbook” by Géza Ottlik.] Budapest Style, Sept. 1998.

Heddy and Me by Susan Varga. Budapest Week, Mar. 27, 1997.

Neighbours of the Night by Endre Ady. Budapest Week, Jan. 30, 1997.

Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Géza Gárdonyi, Budapest Week, Dec. 12, 1996.

The Doll by Boleslaw Prus. Budapest Week, Oct. 10, 1996.