Some things in life are actually worth the hype. Emma Cline’s debut novel “The Girls” is definitely in that category. I first stumbled upon Ms. Cline’s work three years ago. Her short story “Marion” floored me. It was so gorgeously written and provocative, I was stunned to learn that the author was only 23 when the story was published.
In “The Second Life of Nick Mason,” best-selling author Steve Hamilton gives an amped-up spin to the old tale of Faust selling his soul to the devil. Mr. Hamilton clearly loves his creation, Nick Mason, presenting him as an honorable and heroic bad boy who makes women’s heads turn and dog’s tails wag.
"No distinction between man and man," wrote Thomas Jefferson, "has ever been known in America . the poorest labourer stood on equal ground with the wealthiest Millionary." The vision of a classless society has been a cherished ideal since our nation’s founding, a measure of its break with its European past.