Kevin Power

Kevin Power

Glimpsing one’s own life through a maternal prism

Glimpsing one’s own life through a maternal prism

I Will Be Complete is, at 477 pages, a monster. But the epic feel of Glen David Gold’s book is also down to the fact that it’s the record of an obsession – the story of Gold’s lifelong attempt to understand his mother

A singular voice exploring  the secret lives of the affluent

A singular voice exploring the secret lives of the affluent

Joseph O’Neill is a gifted observer of self-delusion, and many of the stories in Good Trouble hinge on the elaborate ways in which his privileged protagonists explain their privilege to themselves

Shaffer produces an amiable but ultimately hopeless parody

Shaffer produces an amiable but ultimately hopeless parody

Fiction: Hope Never Dies: An Obama-Biden Mystery, By Andrew Shaffer, Quirk Books, €13 Hope Neve...

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

Stylish, elegant, beautifully written... and utterly lifeless

There’s something mysteriously lifeless about Michael Ondaatje’s novels. Like Laura Ashley curtains, they gratify a snobbish taste without taking any aesthetic risks

Theroux’s enthusiasm brings his readers on many exciting adventures

Theroux’s enthusiasm brings his readers on many exciting adventures

Non-fiction: Figures in a Landscape: People and Places: Essays 2001-2016, By Paul Theroux, Hamish...

A down-to-earth exploration of the extraordinary

A down-to-earth exploration of the extraordinary

Non-Fiction: Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability, By Rowan Hooper, Li...

A preposterously presidential yarn that packs a fair punch

A preposterously presidential yarn that packs a fair punch

FICTION: The President Is Missing, By Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Century, €17.50 James P...

Tom and Molly Martens: Trying and failing to spot the monsters in one’s midst

Tom and Molly Martens: Trying and failing to spot the monsters in one’s midst

Where do they come from, these normal monsters? And how do we spot them, before it’s too late?

Debutant novelist fully indulges her sentimental side

Debutant novelist fully indulges her sentimental side

Your humble reviewer found Helen Cullen’s The Lost Letters of William Woolf a pretty sentimental sort of book, and it wasn’t entirely to his taste. Which isn’t to say that it’s a bad book

Critical mass: A triumph for a literary gamekeeper turned poacher

Critical mass: A triumph for a literary gamekeeper turned poacher

Upstate is a thrillingly good book: moving, funny and superbly intelligent, it compresses a wealth of perception into its 233 immaculately crafted pages

William Trevor: A final farewell to the master of the short story

William Trevor: A final farewell to the master of the short story

Kevin Power reviews Last Stories, which includes six unseen short stories from a master of the art

The problem with The Simpsons

The problem with The Simpsons

The makers of The Simpsons faced widespread opprobrium this week, charged with failing to adequately address accusations of racial stereotyping. Here, conflicted Simpsons superfan Kevin Power says time may be up for the iconic cartoon show

‘While everybody else is going out playing football ... here you are, gnawing away at your insides’

‘While everybody else is going out playing football ... here you are, gnawing away at your insides’

Despite discouragement from all around him, Patrick McCabe kept coming back to Heartland, his latest and long-in-the-making novel

Using clear sight to shed fresh light on belief and unbelief

Using clear sight to shed fresh light on belief and unbelief

With great care, John Gray scrapes away the mould of error and illusion that has grown across the surface of the human world

Powers’s prose enchants as he explores the secret life of plants

Powers’s prose enchants as he explores the secret life of plants

Richard Powers’s stories trace the faultline between scientific rationalism and a literary (or even romantic) humanism