Our Favorite Books of the Last Year

By on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Happy birthday to us! English Kills Review was launched one year ago. To celebrate, we’re looking back over the last year and reflecting on some of the books and authors we’ve written about. Below is a short list of our favorite books, in no particular order:

The Middlesteins

A reflection of the modern American family along with mild, off-putting humor leading to the sorts of anxieties that drive deeply cerebral plots combined with Chinese food fantasies.

Jami Attenberg
At WORD Brooklyn
October 25, 2012

The Chocolate Money

A narrative voice that navigates between precocious and insightful while also providing plenty of laughter and sometimes sadness driven by strongly genuine characters.

Ashley Prentice Norton
At NYU Bookstore
November 14, 2012


Humorously captures the do-nothing generation and the desperation at the root cause of those anxieties.

Adam Wilson
At The Strand
November 7, 2012

The Exiles

The novel embodies the fear of every New Yorker ever: to be driven from the city by money concerns. The duplicitous characters face vulnerability, impotence, and routine annoyances while holding themselves together.

Allison Lynn
At Powerhouse Books
July 24, 2013

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

A stunningly accurate portrayal of the male mind and ego while reflecting the fears, anxieties, and foibles of modern adulthood combined with incredible quotable prose and insights.

Adelle Waldman
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, “Sex, Love and the Novel,”
August 1, 2013

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