Taylor Antrim is fiction critic for The Daily Beast and the author of the novel The Headmaster Ritual.

Into the Kingdom

With the death of Kim Jong-il all eyes are on North Korea, but the best way to understand the country is Adam Johnson’s 'The Orphan Master’s Son.'

Between Two Worlds

Half-Indian, half-Pakistani novelist Aatish Taseer delivers a compelling and disturbing look at the elites of both countries, says Taylor Antrim.

3 Must-Read Novels

Three great new novels not to be missed: A coming-of-age story about a teen connecting with his father, a sweeping tale of stranded émigrés, and a mad Russian satire.

Adventures in Short-Story Land

In just a few pages Jim Shepard's short stories do the work of entire novels in capturing different places and times. Taylor Antrim on the most ambitious story writer around.

The Best Debut of 2011

Teju Cole's meditative novel about a Nigerian immigrant in New York is the best, and darkest, first novel of this early year, writes critic Taylor Antrim. Read it.

Must-Read Debuts

You’ve heard about Franzen, Roth, and the big names, but here are three debut novels that are fresh and not to be missed, says critic Taylor Antrim.

The Lure of Realism

Tom McCarthy’s last book was an unconventional cult hit, but his new novel turns toward realism and delivers a great story and writing, says Taylor Antrim.

In Praise of Short

Why is the novella such an intriguing and attractive fictional form? Taylor Antrim explores why these short works might be perfect for our time and suggests a few recent ones that do things the novel can only dream about.