The New Republic

The New Republic

Acclaimed author Lionel Shriver—author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, now a major motion picture—probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)

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.

Book Details  

Publisher: Harper (March 27, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9780062103321

Page count: 400 pages

File size: 11.3 MB

Language: English

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