Nicholas Delbanco

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Nicholas Delbanco recommends
Where the Line Bleeds (2008)
Jesmyn Ward
"Jesmyn Ward's debut novel is eloquent in its description of young lives at risk; she's authoritative both when writing of the doomed and prospect of salvation. The lyric gifts displayed in Where The Line Bleeds are very impressive indeed, and the world evoked—the rural south, with its complex web of family devotion and betrayal—is vivid from first page to last. A major talent here."
Where No Gods Came (2010)
Sheila O'Connor
"The various voices ring true. Ms. O'Connor writes of family and love and loss and youth at risk and hard-earned pleasure; she does so with a noticing eye and tone-perfect ear."
The Cloister (2018)
James Carroll
"This is a wonderful novel, and it's wonder-filled. James Carroll brings the XIIth century lovers, Abelard and Heloise, blazingly back to life, and he does so through the medium of a New York priest and a Parisian Jew. The present and the past illuminate each other, and the startling mysteries of prejudice, brutality, and love are made doubly vivid here. Like All the Light You Cannot See, The Cloister is a book of gravity and consequence that makes you need to turn and turn the page."