Choosing to Survive

The Kidnapper Speaks

At the heart of Amity Gaige’s novel Schroder lies the seductive, doomed nature of parental love. 

Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

Confronting the Mountain

When the Rug Doctor Lost His Shadow

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Lindsay Stern ’13 was visiting Amherst during her junior year of high school when she stopped in Northampton with her parents and noticed a storefront awning for “The Rug Doctor.”

“The next morning,” she says, “I wrote a few paragraphs on a rug doctor who loses his shadow.”
That rug doctor is now the main character in Stern’s debut novella, Town of Shadows, published by Scrambler Books last month.

Paradise Lost

Arcadia, by Lauren Groff ’01 (Voice Hyperion)

Reviewed by William H. Pritchard ’53

Building to a Boil

A quality of longing animates this lovely and subtle first novel. A Thread of Sky, by Deanna Fei ’99 (Penguin)

Reviewed by Lauren Groff ’01

Varieties of Guilt

The sequel to the book that jumpstarted the legal-thriller genre. Innocent, by Scott Turow ’70 (Grand Central Publishing)

Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

A Novel Idea

By Katherine Duke '05

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A first-edition copy (left) and manuscript of Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow '70, on display as part of Archives and Special Collections' Novelists of Amherst exhibition

“Everybody knows the poets of Amherst. Everybody thinks of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur and James Merrill,” Michael Kelly said. “But we have just as many, if not more, novelists.”

Kelly was showing me the new Novelists of Amherst exhibition, in the college’s Archives and Special Collections area on the A Level of Frost Library. Since Kelly arrived as head of Archives and Special Collections a year ago, he said, he’s made it a priority to develop more systematic and extensive collections of all different types of creative writing published by Amherst grads—not just poetry, but also theatrical writing, screenplays and television scripts. And out of “a personal bias toward fiction,” he’s started with this collection of alumni novels.

My Life: Judith Frank, Professor of English

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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

 THE GOD MACHINE, the long-awaited sequel to GOSPEL TRUTHS, is finally available!

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