Critical Essays

The Tent Moment

The Tent Moment

Certain writers—often those writers who are said to “transcend their genre”—combine action-filled plots with complex character development. How do they stop the action in, say, a zombie apocalypse, so that the characters can become intimate and so the reader can grow to care about their inner lives?

The Psychological Repercussions of Silence in Stewart O’Nan’s City of Secrets

The Psychological Repercussions of Silence in Stewart O’Nan’s City of Secrets

Silence is, necessarily, a fact of life for Brand, the protagonist of Stewart O’Nan’s 2016 novel, who has emigrated illegally to Palestine from the Soviet Union where he survived Gulag camps, and who has since become a member of the Haganah, a Jewish organization working to liberate Palestine from Britain.