‘A Man Lies Dreaming’: Imagining Hitler as a low-rent private detective

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

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Is the world ready for a hard-boiled Hitler? “A Man Lies Dreaming,” Lavie Tidhar’s stunning alternative take on the Holocaust, audaciously imagines the 20th-century demon as a middling private detective named Wolf. It’s November 1939, six years after Germany’s Communist Party trounced Wolf’s National Socialists in the country’s election. The disgraced and debased Wolf (his name a nod to the … Read More

In her memoir ‘M Train,’ Patti Smith opens up about her life and loves

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

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“M Train,” by Patti Smith. (Knopf) This year marks the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s groundbreaking debut album, “Horses,” a sonic boom still sending aftershocks through music, literature and fashion. Her new memoir, “M Train,” is a Proustian reverie covering those four decades: a magical, mystical tour de force that begins in a tiny Greenwich Village cafe and ends as a … Read More

‘The Rim of Morning’ review: Two supernatural novels by William Sloane

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

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Halloween comes early this year for lucky readers with the reappearance of two short supernatural novels by the forgotten writer William Sloane: “To Walk the Night” and “The Edge of Running Water.” Conjoined as “The Rim of Morning,” a handsome omnibus volume released by the publishing arm of the New York Review of Books, these undeservedly neglected works may at … Read More

Book World: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

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(Scribner/Scribner) Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, “Finders Keepers,” is a sly, often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel “Misery.” At the center of this story is John Rothstein, a novelist whom Time magazine once crowned “America’s Reclusive Genius.” His best-selling trilogy — “The Runner,” “The Runner Sees Action” and “The Runner … Read More

‘The Last American Vampire,’ by Seth Grahame-Smith

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

History buffs with a sense of humor and an unslaked thirst for the macabre will find much to savor in “The Last American Vampire,” Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest, delightfully loopy riff on our nation’s past. The novel takes up where its predecessor, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (2010 ), left off, in the aftermath of the defeat of the Confederacy and Lincoln’s … Read More

Book review: ‘Revival,’ by Stephen King

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

“Revival” is Stephen King’s latest novel. (Scribner) Stephen King’s splendid new novel, “Revival,” offers the atavistic pleasure of drawing closer to a campfire in the dark to hear a tale recounted by someone who knows exactly how to make every listener’s flesh crawl when he whispers, “Don’t look behind you.” King has always been generous in acknowledging the inspiration for … Read More

Book review: ‘Belzhar’ by Meg Wolitzer

Elizabeth HandArticles, Washington Post

”Belzhar,” by Meg Wolitzer (Dutton Juvenile) Meg Wolitzer’s 2013 bestseller, “The Interestings,” featured a group of precocious teenagers who met at summer camp in 1974. Wolitzer’s gift for capturing youthful exuberance and insecurity in that book suggested that she’d also be a natural at writing a young-adult novel. “Belzhar,” her first work aimed at a younger audience, is narrated by … Read More