Author Archives: Laury A. Egan

About Laury A. Egan

The author of "The Outcast Oracle" (A Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2013"); "Fog and Other Stories;'" a psychological suspense novel, "Jenny Kidd;" "Fabulous! An Opera Buffa;" and "Wave in D Minor" (2019). Poetry: two full-length collections: "Snow, Shadows, a Stranger" and "Beneath the Lion's Paw;" and two chapbooks, "The Sea & Beyond" and "Presence & Absence," all issued in limited editions. For many years, she worked as a senior designer and administrator for Princeton University Press and later as a freelancer for 20 publishers.

To the NYT Book Review

TO THE EDITOR As a reader of the Book Review for decades and as an author of eight books, I object to the inclusion of five pages (out a total of 32 pages) of advertisements listing works from self-publishers such … Continue reading

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“A Certain Loneliness” by Sandra Gail Lambert

“An ‘Outsider’ Writer” by Laury A. Egan I became aware of Sandra Gail Lambert through a fine article in Poets & Writers about “Outsider” writers—in her case, a writer crippled by polio since her early days. Immediately, I ordered the … Continue reading

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“Call Me by Your Name”

Last night, I watched “Call Me by Your Name” and found my reaction was surprisingly uneven. I’d love to know what other viewers thought about the film. Please comment! The first issue was the rudeness as displayed by Oliver, arriving … Continue reading

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“The New Valley” by Josh Weil

The New Valley is an extremely impressive collection of three novellas, the first two more akin to each other, but the third, “Sarverville Remains,” is one of the best pieces I’ve read this year. Told in the voice of a … Continue reading

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“Beautiful Gravity” by Martin Hyatt

Beautiful Gravity: A Novel by Martin Hyatt Antibookclub, 2016   “They say towns like this don’t exist anymore, but I know that they do because I live here. Noxington is one of those towns where the big stores that sell … Continue reading

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Review: I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody by Sinan Antoon

I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody by Sinan Antoon City Lights Publishers, 2007 “Pentimento” is a fine descriptor for Sinan Antoon’s layered novella, one that incorporates a young student’s gritty and terrifying incarceration, poetic and beautifully rendered romantic memories, and recollections on … Continue reading

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A Swirling, Deftly Written Collection

The Jungle Around Us: Stories by Anne Raeff 2016, University of Georgia Press – Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Stories These stories are beguiling in their quiet simplicity, but, as one proceeds through the collection, they gather mass, until, at … Continue reading

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