Fiction

Colm Toibin: "Nora Webster: A Novel"

Colm Toibin: "Nora Webster: A Novel"

October 16, 2014

The best-selling author of "Brooklyn" and "The Last Testament of Mary" talks with guest host Susan Page about his latest novel. It's the portrait of a young widow, her family, and the small Irish town that confines her.

Readers' Review: "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

Readers' Review: "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

September 24, 2014

For our next Readers’ Review: “The Bluest Eye” by Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison. Set during the Depression, it tells the story of a young African-American girl who thinks blonde hair and blue eyes are the key to a better life. Join us for a discussion of Morrison’s first novel, “The Bluest Eye.”

Ian McEwan: "The Children Act"

September 15, 2014

A dying teenage boy refuses lifesaving medical treatment because of his religion, and a family court judge must decide his fate. Ian McEwan, author of “Atonement,” on his latest novel.

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

August 27, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott. It's the story of a character often overlooked in literature - an ordinary woman - concerned with matters of family, community and the heart. Published in 2013, it was the National Book Award-winning author's first novel in seven years.

Amy Bloom: "Lucky Us"

Amy Bloom: "Lucky Us"

July 31, 2014

Best-selling author Amy Bloom, writer of "Away" and "Come to Me,” discusses her new novel: a story of two teenage half –sisters who head to Hollywood and take us on a journey through 1940s America.

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

July 23, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: A novel about a beautiful and smart Nigerian woman who leaves military-ruled Nigeria and heads for America. For the first time, she must grapple with what it means to be black. Diane Rehm and a panel of guests discuss the award-winning novel "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

July 9, 2014

Best-selling author Chris Bohjalian's latest novel is narrated by Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living on the streets of Burlington, Vermont. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in rural Vermont experienced a meltdown that killed both of Emily's parents. Her father was in charge of the plant and there are rumors that the meltdown may have been his fault. Diane and Chris Bohjalian discuss "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" and what he believes are his greatest challenges as a writer.

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life" (Rebroadcast)

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2014

The author of the best-seller "An Obedient Father" speaks with Diane about his latest novel , which tells the story of the Mishra family as it moves from Delhi to Queens in the late 1970s.

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

June 25, 2014

Hazel and Augustus, the main characters in the young adult novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” are not your average teens: They both have cancer. For this month’s Readers’ Review guest host Katty Kay discusses the best seller “The Fault In Our Stars” with our panel of experts.

Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

June 23, 2014

A new novel by the author of "The Imperfectionists" tells the story of a woman who searches from Bangkok to Brooklyn to discover the long-buried secrets of her childhood. In the process, she learns how to make her own place in the world. Guest host Susan Page talks with journalist-turned-novelist Tom Rachman about his latest work of fiction.

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