The New Republic

Editorial reviews

The New Republic

She has at her disposal the weaponry for satire, including a whip-smart wit and biting turn of phrase, but this attempt flails ineffectually, never quite finding a juicy enough target.

For fans of Shriver’s more recent works, “The New Republic” reads like what it is: juvenilia. It has her signature insight and deep cynicism, but they’re stuffed into a plot that comes off as half-baked and dated. Shriver displays her gift for exquisite characterizations and razor-sharp phrases, but she hasn’t quite integrated them into a novel worthy of them.